Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Law

Meet the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Law—Professor Mark Hickford.


Leading Wellington public and Māori law issues specialist Professor Mark Hickford joined the Faculty of Law at Victoria in May 2015 as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of Law.

Professor Hickford has held a range of senior management and leadership roles in the public and private sectors, including being in the Prime Minister’s Policy Advisory Group in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet since 2010.

Prior to that, he spent eight years as a Crown Counsel at the Crown Law Office, specialising in public law, the Treaty of Waitangi, Crown-Māori relations and natural resources law.

Professor Hickford graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and has a doctorate from the University of Oxford.

He worked as a litigation solicitor at a large commercial law firm in Auckland early in his career and spent two years with public law specialists Chen Palmer & Partners before joining the Crown Law Office.

He has an extensive research and publishing record having published on aboriginal title and customary rights as well as issues related to the Treaty of Waitangi and the history of New Zealand’s constitution and laws.

His most recent book—Lords of the Land: Indigenous Property Right and the Jurisprudence of Empire—published through Oxford University Press in the United States in 2012 was a shortlisted finalist for the best legal book of 2011 in New Zealand.

Professor Hickford says taking up the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Law at Victoria presents an exciting challenge.

“It is a huge privilege to serve with such a world class community of scholars in a Faculty which enjoys such a great international reputation,” he says.