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Our people in the Legal Issues Centre

Our interdisciplinary teams include researchers from a wide range of backgrounds and we collaborate both nationally and internationally. 

Centre staff

Researchers

Professional Practice Fellows

Consultant

Postgraduates

  • Mihiata Pirini (LLM candidate)
    Securing access to justice in the Māori Land Court – can “design thinking” help us better understand users’ experience?
    Mihiata is the recipient of the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre and Ngā Pae o te Maramatanga LLM scholarship and is jointly supervised by Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin and Professor Jacinta Ruru.
  • Margaret Courtney (LLM candidate)
    The Role of the Māori Land Court in Modern Aotearoa.
    Margaret is jointly supervised by Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin and Professor Jacinta Ruru.

The Centre is interested in hosting postgraduate students. If your proposed research aligns with the goals of the Centre, please email bridgette.toy-cronin@otago.ac.nz to see if there are any supervision vacancies.

Visiting fellows

We host a visiting fellow each year who is researching in an area related to the Centre’s work. Expressions of interest can be made to the Centre’s Director.

Past fellows include:

Board of advisors

  • Professor Jessica Palmer, Dean of Law, University of Otago
  • Hon Dame Justice Ellen France, Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Deborah Manning, KiwiHarvest
  • Morgan Godfery, FIRST Union
  • Graham Beever, PHARMAC