Dr Jane Norton
BA/LLB(Hons)(Auckland); LLM (Columbia); DPhil (Oxford)
Jane joined the law faculty from the United Kingdom where she completed her doctorate at Balliol College, Oxford as a Clarendon Scholar and was then a lecturer at Birmingham Law School. Prior to living in Oxford she was an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School on a Fulbright Scholarship and a litigator in a large New York commercial law firm.
Jane has also been a Judges' Clerk at the Auckland High Court and is a graduate of the University of Auckland.
Research | Current
Jane's research lies in the areas of constitutional law and legal theory. She is particularly interested in how the state recognises or enforces non-legal norms and how it regulates voluntary associations. Her research also looks at the relationship between public law norms (such as non-discrimination and procedural fairness) and what has traditionally been seen as private activity. This research interest extends to examining legal issues around trust law, contract law, and justice within the family.
Jane has a particular interest in discrimination law, religious freedom and associational freedom and her book Freedom of Religious Organizations was published by Oxford University Press in August 2016 and was funded by the British Academy.
In additional to her work on religious freedom, she has published on religious tribunals, freedom of expression and privacy, and evidence.
She is currently working on a project that examines the conceptual distinction between religious freedom and religious discrimination protection and another on religious education and rights of children. She is also developing a long-term project that examines the regulation of charitable trusts.
Teaching | Current
- Rights and Freedoms (LAWPUBL 428)
- Equity (LAW 306)
- Administrative Law (LAWPUBL 401) (with Professor Janet McLean)
- Legal Research, Writing, and Communication (LAW 298)
Legal Protection of Migrant Domestic Workers
- Clarendon Scholar (Oxford)
- Fulbright Scholar (Columbia)
- Staff Seminar Coordinator
Areas of expertise
- Freedom of religion
- Freedom of expression
- Freedom of association
- Discrimination law
- Bills of Rights
- Charitable trusts
- Voluntary associations and unincorporated societies
- Admitted to the New Zealand and New York Bar (non-practicing).
- Blackstone Chambers (London) - Academic Panel member.
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Norton, J. C. (2016). Freedom of religious organizations. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pages: 232.
- Ahmed, F., & Norton, J. C. (2012). Religious tribunals, religious freedom, and concern for vulnerable women. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 24 (4), 363-388. Related URL.