Claudia Geiringer


Teaching in 2018

Research interests

Bill of Rights law, Constitutional law, Electoral law, Immigration law, International human rights law, administrative law


LLB Well, BA (Hons) Otago, LLM Colum


Professor Geiringer holds the Chair in Public Law and is the Director of the New Zealand Centre for Public Law.

Professor Geiringer has been with the Faculty of Law since July 2002. Her undergraduate law study was at Victoria University of Wellington, where she was the recipient (amongst other academic accolades) of the Chapman Tripp Scholarship for top law graduate (1996). Her postgraduate study was at Columbia Law School, New York, where she was a human rights fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, an Ethel Benjamin Scholar and a James Kent Scholar.

Professor Geiringer teaches and researches primarily in the areas of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act, constitutional and administrative law, the domestic reception of international law and the laws of Parliament. She has twice been awarded the Legal Research Foundation, Sir Ian Barker Published Article or Essay Award (for "Tavita and All That: Confronting the Confusion Surrounding Unincorporated Treaties and Administrative Law" (2004) 21 NZULR 66; and "Sources of Resistance to Proportionality Review of Administrative Power under the Bill of Rights Act" (2013) 11 NZJPIL 123), and her co-authored monograph "What's the Hurry? Urgency in the New Zealand Legislative Process 1987-2010" (Wellington, Victoria University Press, 2011) was shortlisted for the Legal Research Foundation, JF Northey Book Award for 2012. She is also a past recipient of the Victoria University of Wellington Early Career Researcher Award (2005), the Victoria University of Wellington Public Contribution Award (2012), and the Victoria University of Wellington Post-Graduate Students’ Association prize for “Most Challenging and Stimulating Course – Faculty of Law" (2002).

Professor Geiringer has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa School of Law (2004) and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, Melbourne University (2011). She is a New Zealand contributor to the Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts.

Professor Geiringer has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, and as a lawyer in Australia. Prior to commencing her academic career, Professor Geiringer was a Crown Counsel in the Bill of Rights team at the Crown Law Office, where she practiced primarily in the areas of Bill of Rights law, immigration law, electoral law and constitutional law. She has also served a six-month term (from October 2009 to March 2010, while on leave from the Faculty) as Acting Special Counsel for Human Rights at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office in Melbourne, Australia. She maintains a New Zealand practicing certificate and occasionally appears before the New Zealand courts on human rights matters.

At present, Professor Geiringer’s main research project is a book-length evaluation of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act, which is funded by a three-year Marsden grant.

Areas of supervision

Without ruling out other potential topics, Professor Geiringer is currently especially interested in supervising LLM or PhD theses that fall into the following general categories:

Selection of publications

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Teaching in 2018