Associate Professor Ian Macduff

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Honorary Academic


Ian is a Teaching Fellow, Centre for ICT Law at Auckland Law School. He was, until June 2016, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Dispute Resolution Initiative at Singapore Management University. He has been a practising mediator for over 30 years, in commercial, environmental, policy, intercultural, family, online mediation and other fields. He is a member of the Independent Standards Commission of the International Mediation); and a member of the IMI’s Task Force on Intercultural Mediation accreditation, a member of the Global Organising Committee of the Global Pound Conference series, and a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution []. He is co-editor of Ethnic Conflict and Secessionism in South and South East Asia (Sage, 2003); contributing author of Dispute Resolution in New Zealand (OUP 1999), and of Guidelines for Family Mediation (Butterworths, 1995) and contributing author to An Asian Perspective on Mediation. He is editor of Essays on Mediation: Dealing with Disputes in the 21st Century, (Kluwer 2016).


  • Deputy Director of the NZ Centre for ICT Law

Areas of expertise

  • Negotiation and mediation
  • Online dispute resolution
  • Public issue dialogue
  • Ethics

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Macduff, K. I. (2017). Working on Water # 4: tapping into dialogue issues. Related URL.
  • Macduff, K. I. (2017). Invidious choices: mediators as Homeric navigators. Related URL.
  • Macduff, K. I. (2017). The collaborative imperative – or the existential imperatives for modern mediators. Related URL.
  • Macduff, K. I. (2017). What would you do with . . a river at the table?. Related URL.
  • Macduff, K. I. (2017). Working on water – Again: A collapsing consensus. Related URL.
  • Macduff, K. I. (2017). The wisdom of uncertainty: on grey zones in mediation. Related URL.
  • Macduff, K. I. (2017). To be truly radical is to make hope possible, rather than despair convincing. Related URL.
  • Macduff, K. I. (2016). Upheaval and resilience: a note from the Shaky Isles. Related URL.

Contact details

Primary location

1-11 SHORT STREET - Bldg 810
Level 7, Room 727
New Zealand