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Danica McGovern


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Tel +64 3 479 8847


Danica is currently teaching Criminal Justice, Sentencing and Criminal Law.

Research interests

Danica’s research interests are primarily in criminal justice, with a focus on sentencing and on the intersection between the criminal law and forensic psychology (including risk assessment and rehabilitation).


Prior to joining the Faculty, Danica completed an LLM and PhD at Victoria University.

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McGovern, D. (2019). Ewert v Canada (2018) SCC 30 [Case note]. New Zealand Law Journal, (May), 131-134.

McGovern, D. (2014). Assessing offence seriousness at sentencing: New Zealand's guideline judgement for sexual violation. New Zealand Universities Law Review, 26(2), 243-272.

McGovern, D. (2013). The therapeutic potential of victim impact statements for sexual violence. Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand, 5(2), 21-30.

McGovern, D. (2013). Towards justice for victims: A new role for victim impact statements in sexual violence cases (LLM). Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand. Retrieved from

McGovern, D. (2012). The interplay of law, custom and the availability of resources in Tokelau's criminal law. New Zealand Yearbook of International Law, 10, 189-196.