Professor Andrew Peter Stockley

PhD, DPhil, MA, LLB, BA(Hons), BA

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Professor Andrew Stockley has been Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Auckland since February 2011.

Dean Stockley has degrees in History, Politics and Law from Victoria University of Wellington. He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand while working for Wellington law firm Johnston Lawrence Elder. He studied for a BA (Honours) degree at Canterbury University in Christchurch, graduating with First Class Honours in History, before undertaking his doctorate at the University of Cambridge. His doctoral thesis has been published as Britain and France at the Birth of America (dealing with the European powers and the Peace of 1783).

Dean Stockley spent the first part of his academic career as a member of the Law Faculty at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. He has published widely on constitutional law issues, including the role of the Crown, judicial independence and electoral reform. He was Head of the Law School at Canterbury University and a member of the University’s Senior Management Team. He was also Principal of College House, New Zealand’s oldest university college, for ten years.

From 2006 to 2011 Dean Stockley was the Senior Tutor and a Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, where he was also a member of the Law Faculty. As Senior Tutor of Brasenose College, he was responsible for the academic life of the college, which comprised 80 fellows and lecturers, 370 undergraduates and 210 graduate students. He was a member of various University committees and appointment bodies, including Deputy Chair of the University’s Graduate Committee.

Dean Stockley is a member of the New Zealand Council of Legal Education, a member of the Executive Council of the Legal Research Foundation and a Trustee of the New Zealand Universities Law Review. He is a member of Auckland University’s Senior Leadership Team and, as such, shares in the responsibility for the administration of the University as a whole and its most important strategic decisions. His most recent book is The New Zealand Supreme Court: The First Ten Years (LexisNexis, 2015, with Michael Littlewood).

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