Faculty of Law

Visitors in 2013


Kayla Kingdon-Bebb, a PhD student from the University of Cambridge, continues her visit with the Faculty while working on her thesis. Her thesis is a diachronic study of changes made to the land tenure systems of self-governing First Nations in British Columbia.

Yukio Matsui, Professor from Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan, visited with the Faculty January to March to work on his research project entitled "New Zealand Constitutional Law and the Westminster Model of Government".

Monique Costi, former Head of International Affairs, NZ Securities Commission/FMA, continued to visit during 2013 to complete her research projects.


Mary Boyce, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, visited again to work on the Maori Legal Project with Māmari Stephens.

Mario Patrono, Sapienza University of Rome is a regular visitor to the Faculty. Professor Patrono has taught an Honours/Master’s course, LAWS434/534 European Union Law, for the Law Faculty this year. He plans to return again in 2014 to teach another course. Professor Patrono also gave a staff seminar entitled "The European Court of Justice and Affirmative Action to Redress Women's Inequality".


Peter Boshier, Former Chief Judge of the Family Court, has taught with the Faculty this year. Judge Boshier is the Director of LAWS 297 Legal Research, Writing and Mooting which is designed to teach the students how to use the Law Library and databases, how to refer to and cite legal sources and how to prepare legal opinions. Students must also argue a case before a judge in a mock courtroom.

Sir Paul Walker, Judge of the High Court in London, was the Borrin Fellow 2013 to the Law Faculty. During his visit Sir Paul gave a public lecture entitled "Rights, Wrong and Proportionality" and presented two staff seminars: "Proportionality in criminal law" and "Proportionality in civil law". He also engaged widely with members of the Faculty and students.

Nicholas Phillips (Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers), the first President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, was the 2013 Law Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow. During his visit to Wellington he presented a public lecture entitled "The Supreme Court", and a staff seminar entitled "Closed Material". He also visited with the other Law Faculties within New Zealand. Lord Phillips is currently a Dixon Poon Distinguished Fellow and Visiting Professor at King's College, London, the President of the Qatar International Court and a judge on the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong.

The Rt Hon Lady Justice Arden, judge of the UK Court of Appeal, gave the 2012 Robin Cooke Lecture entitled "Press, Privacy and Proportionality" Due to unforeseen circumstances it was delayed until March 2013. Lady Mary and Lord Mance went on to attend the Judges' Conference, also held in March.

The Rt Hon Lord Mance gave an ILA and staff seminar entitled "Current UK International Legal Issues". Lord Mance is a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and Chair, Executive Council, of the International Law Association.


Ursula Kilkelly, Faculty of Law at the University College Cork, visited during her sabbatical. While here Ursula gave a staff seminar entitled "Youth Justice in Ireland".

Shaunnagh Dorsett, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney, visited to work on her NZ Law Foundation-funded research project entitled "Māori and the British Courts: 1835-1856".


Brenda Gunn, Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba, visited briefly during her sabbatical to UNSW. Brenda gave a lunchtime seminar entitled "Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:  Lessons Learned from Canada".

Matthew Groves, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Law, Monash University, give a staff seminar during his brief visit, "Habeas Corpus, Foreign Affairs and Travelling Terrorists".

Julian Ludbrook, formerly of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is housed in the Law Faculty under the umbrella of the NZ Centre for International Economic Law while he is scoping a research project.