Zoë Prebble

Dr Zoë Prebble profile picture

Lecturer Faculty of Law


Teaching in 2019

Research interests

Criminal law, criminal justice, evidence, gendered violence, legal ethics, legal philosophy, feminist legal theory

Research Interests

Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Criminal Legal Theory, Feminist Legal Theory, Law Reform


BA(Hons), LLB(Hons) VUW, LLM Michigan, PhD UBC


Zoë’s research and teaching interests centre on criminal law and criminal and feminist legal theory. She is particularly interested in gendered violence and the ways in which it is criminalised, issues related to overcriminalisation, and how to reconcile these two themes. Her current research examines overlapping criminal offences, and asks when this “depth” in the criminal law constitutes “overdepth” and contributes to the problem of overcriminalisation. The research analyses several case studies of specific assault offences designed to target particular forms of violence that overwhelmingly affect women and girls.

Zoë’s undergraduate study in law and philosophy was at Victoria University of Wellington, after which she was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. She worked as a Legal and Policy Adviser at the New Zealand Law Commission and where she worked on criminal law and access to legislation projects.

Zoë later completed an LLM at the University of Michigan as a Grotius scholar, followed by a PhD at the Peter A Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia where she was a UBC Fellow, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholar, and an Izaak Walton Killam Scholar. During her doctoral studies, she taught jurisprudence at Simon Fraser University, and criminal law and evidence at the Peter A Allard School of Law.

Areas of Supervision



Teaching in 2019