International Research Fellowship


The International Research Fellowship Te Karahipi Rangahau ā Taiao was New Zealand’s premier legal research award. It was awarded 17 times between 2002 and 2019.

It enabled recipients of high ability to pursue a defined course of research either in New Zealand or overseas with the purpose of making a significant contribution to an area of law in New Zealand. The Fellowship value was $125,000, annually.


Applications are no longer being accepted for this Award.  This page is retained for information purposes only to provide detail on historic awards made and the purpose of the Award.

All International Research Fellows 2002-2019

2019: Sue Barker

Sue Barker – Wellington Barrister, LLB (Hons) & BCA Victoria University of Wellington, CA

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Photo of 2019 NZLF International Research Fellow Sue Barker

2018: Craig Elliffe

Professor in Law, University of Auckland – PhD, LLM (hons) Cambridge, LLB (hons), BCom Otago, FCA

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Photo of 2018 NZLF International Research Fellow Craig Elliffe

2017 : Warren Forster

Dunedin Barrister, LLB (Hons) Otago

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Photo of 2017 NZLF International Research Fellow Warren Forster

2016 : Michael Cameron

Lead Legislation Solicitor, Department of Corrections, BSC (Ecology) LLB Otago, DPH Wellington School of Medicine

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Photo of 2016 NZLF International Research Fellow Michael Cameron

2015 : Neil Boister

Professor in Law at University of Canterbury, BA LLB LLM (cum laude) Natal PhD (Nottingham)

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Photo of 2015 NZLF International Research Fellow Neil Boister

2014 : Alison Douglass

Dunedin Barrister and Convener of NZ Law Society’s Health Law Committee, LLB, MBHL

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Photo of 2014 NZLF International Research Fellow Alison Douglass

2013 : Ceri Warnock

Associate Professor in Law at University of Otago. University of Auckland, LLM (Hons).

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Photo of 2013 NZLF International Research Fellow Ceri Warnock

2012 : Dr Emily Henderson

Former Crown prosecutor in Whangarei. Honorary research fellow at Auckland University’s Department of Psychology

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Photo of 2012 NZLF International Research Fellow Dr Emily Henderson

2011 : Christopher Hare

Travers Smith Associate Professor of Corporate and Commercial Law and a Fellow of Somerville College at the University of Oxford. Former Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland

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Photo of 2011 NZLF International Research Fellow  Christopher Hare

2010 : Professor Campbell McLachlan QC

Victoria University of Wellington

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Photo of 2010 NZLF International Research Fellow  Professor Campbell McLachlan

2009 : Professor Ron Paterson

Ombudsman, former Professor of Law at Auckland University, and former Health and Disability Commissioner.

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Photo of 2009 NZLF International Research Fellow  Professor Ron Paterson

2008 : Dr Mark Hickford

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Law at Victoria University of Wellington, former Legal Adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

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Photo of 2008 NZLF International Research Fellow  Dr Mark Hickford

2007 : No award was made this year

2006: Professor Geoff Mclay

Commissioner with the Law Commission, on leave from lecturing at Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington.

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Photo of 2006 NZLF International Research Fellow Professor Geoff McLay

2005: Dr Matthew S. R. Palmer

Wellington barrister. Former Deputy Solicitor General (Public Law Group), Crown Law Office, Wellington. Former Pro Vice Chancellor (Government Relations), Dean of Law, Victoria University of Wellington, and Director of the NZ Centre for Public Law.

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Photo of 2005 NZLF International Research Fellow Dr Matthew Palmer

2004: Dr Alex Conte

Executive Director, Child Rights Connect. Formerly Director of International Law and Protection Programmes, to the UN for the International Commission of Jurists. Formerly a Senior Policy Analyst with the Anti-Corruption Division of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris. Formerly a Senior Lecturer in International Law at Canterbury University.

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Photo of 2004 NZLF International Research Fellow Dr Alex Conte

2003: Professor Alexander Gillespie

Professor of Law at University of Waikato.

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Photo of 2003 NZLF International Research Fellow  Professor Alexander Gillespie

2002: Professor John Dawson

Professor of Law at University of Otago.

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Photo of 2002 NZLF International Research Fellow  Professor John Dawson

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