Dr Fleur Te Aho

PhD (ANU), LLM (Distinction) (VUW), LLB (First Class) (Canterbury), BA (Canterbury)

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Senior Lecturer


Fleur is from Ngāti Mutunga ki Taranaki.

Fleur’s main research area is Indigenous peoples’ rights in international law. Fleur also has broad interests in Indigenous legal issues, public international law, human rights law, constitutional law, and socio-legal issues. Fleur’s PhD thesis explored how the international human rights system regulates state behaviour towards Indigenous peoples, with a focus on the work of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council’s special procedures.

Fleur teaches in Criminal Law and has an especial interest in Indigenous peoples and the criminal justice system, including Indigenous approaches to justice and alternatives to incarceration.

Prior to joining Auckland Law School Fleur was based at the Australian National University (ANU). At the Australian National University’s College of Law Fleur convened an LLM paper on ‘Indigenous Peoples and International Law’ and taught in the LLB papers ‘Lawyers, Justice and Ethics’ and ‘Indigenous Australians and the Law’. Fleur also practiced for several years as a solicitor with a large firm in New Zealand and as in-house legal counsel for a telecommunications company in the United Kingdom.

Research | Current

Fleur is currently developing her PhD thesis for publication as a book on the UN Special Procedures and Indigenous Peoples. She is also working on journal articles concerning the powers of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the justifications advanced for affirmative action measures for Indigenous peoples.

Teaching | Current

Criminal Law

Postgraduate supervision

  • Honours dissertation on Youth Justice issues.
  • PhD dissertation on the discourses and ideologies embedded in Australian court judgments concerned with Aboriginal peoples’ indigeneity (The Australian National University).

Areas of expertise

  • Indigenous peoples’ rights
  • Human rights law
  • Public international law
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Honorary Research Fellow at The Australian National University’s National Centre for Indigenous Studies

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Tolmie, J., Te Aho, F., & Doolin, K. (2019). Criminalising parenting through the omissions provisions: An expanding creep. New Zealand Law Review (2), 143-184. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48597
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julia Tolmie, Katherine Doolin
  • Doolin, K., & Te Aho, F. (2018). The Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Courts - Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua - in Aotearoa. The New Zealand Law Journal, 2018 (11), 334-358.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Katherine Doolin
  • Adcock, F. (2015). Creativity Calls: Designing a monitoring body for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/regarding-rights/2015/09/25/creativity-calls-designing-a-monitoring-body-for-the-un-declaration-on-the-rights-of-indigenous-peoples/#more-2089. Related URL.
  • Adcock, F. (2015). Los procedimientos especiales de la ONU y los pueblos indígenas: Un estudio de caso de Guatemala [The UN special procedures and indigenous peoples: A case study of Guatemala; Spanish translation by Carmen Paz ]. Revista Análisis de la Realidad Nacional, 4 (11), 137-157. Related URL.
  • Adcock, F. (2015). Diluted Control: A Critical Analysis of the Wai262 Report on Māori Traditional Knowledge and Culture. In M. Rimmer (Ed.) Intellectual Property: A Handbook of Contemporary Research (pp. 497-516). Cheltenham & Northampton, UK: Edward Elgar.
  • Adcock, F. (2014). The limitations of the current international human rights law system in regard to monitoring of rights? Does it encourage “Rights Ritualism"?. New York, USA: United Nations Headquarters. Related URL.
  • Adcock, F. (2014). The United Nations Special Procedures and Indigenous Peoples: A Regulatory Analysis The Australian National University. The Australian National University.
  • Adcock, F. (2013). Relationship Matters: Constitutional protection of Indigenous Rights in Aotearoa New Zealand. http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/regarding-rights/2013/05/31/relationship-matters-constitutional-protection-of-indigenous-rights-in-aotearoa-new-zealand/. Related URL.


Contact details

Primary office location

1-11 SHORT STREET - Bldg 810
Level 7, Room 725
New Zealand

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