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List of contributors [2016] OtaLawFS 5; The Search for Certainty: essays in honour of John Smillie xiii

Last Updated: 31 May 2019


Professor Bill Atkin, Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington

Bill Atkin is a Professor at Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law. Professor Atkin has written extensively, especially in the area of family law, and in the last few years published (with Wendy Parker) the second edition of Relationship Property in New Zealand and (with Mark Henaghan) the fourth edition of Family Law Policy in New Zealand. He is also an author of Todd’s The Law of Torts in New Zealand (6th ed) and with Geoff McLay, Torts in New Zealand Cases and Materials (5th ed). He is General Editor of the International Survey of Family Law, published annually. Professor Atkin has chaired the Ministerial Adoption Practices Review Committee, was a member of the Working Group on Matrimonial Property and Family Protection, and a member of the Ministerial Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Professor James Allan, Garrick Professor of Law, University of Queensland

James Allan has held the Garrick Chair at the TC Beirne School of Law, the oldest named chair at the University of Queensland, since 2005. Professor Allan has published widely in the areas of legal philosophy and constitutional law, including in all the top English language legal philosophy journals in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, much the same being true of constitutional law journals as well. His latest book is Democracy in Decline (published mid-2014). Allan also writes widely or newspapers and weeklies, including The Australian, The Spectator Australia and Quadrant.

Emeritus Professor Craig Brown, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario

Craig Brown has taught at the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario since 1977 until his retirement in 2016. Professor Brown’s academic and professional interests centre on insurance law and torts, and he is the author of Insurance Law in Canada which is also published as part of a loose-leaf series co- authored with Tom Donnelly. this work has been cited frequently by appellate courts in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also written three other books on insurance law as well as numerous articles on that topic and other subjects ranging from lawyers and politics to golf and the law. Professor Brown

has served as a consultant to government, industry associations and lawyers on matters relating to insurance law and acts as an arbitrator in insurance matters.

Dr Simon Connell, Faculty of Law, University of Otago

Simon Connell has been a lecturer at the University of Otago since 2014. His primary research interests are Contract Law and Tort Law, both of which he teaches. He is also interested in law of obligations theory and compensation in the criminal law. Simon worked for the Accident Compensation Corporation for six years, in Dunedin and then Wellington. He returned to the University of Otago in 2010 as a postgraduate student and completed a Master of Laws by thesis on the influence of New Zealand’s accident compensation scheme on the civil and criminal law. Simon was awarded his PhD in 2015, which focused on the implications that the modern approach to contract interpretation has for other areas of contract law.

Dr David Fox, Faculty of Law and St John’s College, University of Cambridge

David Fox is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of St John’s College. His research interests include personal property (particularly the transfer and creation of proprietary interest in money), the history of monetary law and trusts. He was the author of Property Rights in Money, published by Oxford University Press in 2008 and is a contributing editor to Ruoff and Roper, Registered Conveyancing and Snell’s Equity (31st edition).

Associate Professor Shelley Griffiths, Faculty of Law, University of Otago

Shelley Griffiths is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago. Her research interests are in taxation and the regulation of capital markets. She has published articles and book chapters on these topics in New Zealand and overseas and has been invited to speak on these topics at New Zealand and international conferences. She is the author of the securities law chapters of Farrar and Watson Company and Securities Law in New Zealand (2nd edition, Thomson Reuters, 2013).

Professor Mark Henaghan, Faculty of Law, University of Otago

Mark Henaghan is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago. Professor Henaghan specialises in family law and is particularly interested in children’s rights. He has written extensively on family law matters and he is co-author of Family Law Policy in New Zealand (4th ed, LexisNexis, 2013) and joint author of Family Law in New Zealand (16th ed, LexisNexis, 2014). Mark is


also the joint author of Relationship Property on Death (Thomson Brookers, 2004), which won the 2005 JF Northey prize for the best published law book by legal academics in New Zealand. He is the sole author of Health Professionals and Trust: The Cure for Healthcare Law and Policy (Routledge, 2012) and Care of Children (LexisNexis, 2005). He has written more than 150 articles and book chapters on family law published in family law journals and books around the world.

Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere, Faculty of Law, University of Otago

Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago. His research interests include administrative law and the legal regulation of the human-animal relationship. He undertook his Masters degree at the University of Toronto, looking to the concept of deference as developed by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Associate Professor Michael Robertson, Faculty of Law, University of Otago

Michael Robertson is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago. His main area of research is jurisprudence, and in particular the work of Stanley Fish, as well as property theory and the modern business corporation (from a law and society perspective). Associate Professor Robertson is the author of Stanley Fish on philosophy, politics and law: How Fish works (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and he is the chair of the Otago Branch of the New Zealand Society for Legal and Social Philosophy.

Trevor Shiels QC, Barrister, Dunedin

Trevor Shiels has practised at the separate Bar for 21 years and was admitted to the Inner Bar in 2013. Trevor’s experience in the law spans over 30 years, in which he has appeared in all courts up to and including the Court of Appeal. A considerable portion of his recent work has been as Commissioner in Resource Management Act matters, and as an arbitrator and mediator. Trevor also has extensive experience in estate and trust; and property litigation. A former President of the Otago District Law Society, member of the Council and Board of the New Zealand Law Society, and Bar Association Council, Trevor continues to serve as a member of the New Zealand Council of Law Reporting, and as a Fellow and member of the Arbitration Panel of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand.

Professor Jeremy Waldron, School of Law, New York University

Jeremy Waldron is Professor at New York University’s School of Law and, until recently, was also Chichele Professor of Social and Political theory at the University

of Oxford. Professor Waldron’s work in jurisprudence and political theory is well known, as are his articles on constitutionalism, democracy, homelessness, judicial review, minority cultural rights, property, the rule of law, hate speech, human dignity, and torture. His books include Law and Disagreement (Oxford, 1999), God, Locke, and Equality: Christian Foundations in Locke’s Political Thought (Cambridge 2002), Torture, Terror and Trade-offs: Philosophy for the White House (Oxford 2010), The Harm in Hate Speech (Harvard 2012), and Dignity, Rank, and Rights (Oxford 2012). He has lectured widely around the world, and has delivered the Holmes Lectures at Harvard, the Storrs Lectures at Yale, and the Daniel Jacobson Lecture in Jerusalem. Professor Waldron was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998 and in 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. In 2011 he received the Phillips Prize from the American Philosophical Society for lifetime achievement in jurisprudence.

Professor Kevin Dawkins

Kevin Dawkins is a Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law, University of Otago, where he teaches Criminal Law and International Law. He is a contributing author of Adams on Criminal Law and writes the commentary on the law of parties, homicide and the Criminal Investigations (Bodily Samples) Act 1995. He also practises as a barrister, mainly in Criminal Law.

Hon Justice Christine French

The Hon Justice French was educated in Invercargill and achieved an LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Otago in 1981. She was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford (United Kingdom) and graduated BCL in 1983. On return to New Zealand she practised in the legal firm of French Burt Partners in Invercargill. She has been a member of various Law Society committees. Justice French was appointed to the Court of Appeal on 6 August 2012.

Sir John Hansen KNZM

Sir John Hansen is a former Judge of the High Court of New Zealand. He was appointed as a Judge of the High Court in 1995 and retired from the Bench in 2008. In 2008, Sir John was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to the judiciary. He is the Convenor of the Canterbury Earthquake Review Panel, established under the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011.


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