Ms Nina Khouri

LLM (NYU); BA, LLB(Hons) (Auckland); Barrister of the High Court of New Zealand; Accredited Mediator CEDR, LEADR, Australian National Mediation Accreditation Standards.

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Biography

Nina Khouri specialises in the field of dispute resolution, including mediation law and practice, the law of evidence, advocacy, negotiation theory, and legal ethics. 

She is an experienced commercial mediator, having mediated disputes in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand.  She is also an experienced civil litigator who has appeared as counsel in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, first with Russell McVeagh and then with the specialist litigation firm Gilbert Walker.  She currently practises as a barrister sole.

Nina graduated from the University of Auckland in 2003 with a BA/LLB (Hons), winning the Auckland District Law Society Prize for the top graduating student in her year.  She holds an LLM from New York University where she studied as a Fulbright and NYU Vanderbilt Scholar in 2006, specialising in dispute resolution, international law and legal theory. After completing her LLM she worked in London as a Dispute Resolution Adviser with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), Europe’s largest commercial mediation organisation, before returning to commercial litigation practice in New Zealand. She spent 2011/2012 as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, where she taught Dispute Resolution, Legal Methodology and Contract Law.  Nina also served on the board of Resolution Institute (formerly LEADR New Zealand) from 2007 to 2013. 

She teaches the undergraduate Evidence and Negotiation, Mediation & Dispute Resolution courses and the postgraduate course in Mediation.  She also coaches the Law School's team for the international commercial mediation advocacy competition run by the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris.  Her teams placed second overall in 2013, in the top eight in 2014, second overall in 2016 and in the top four in 2017.  

In addition to her academic work, Nina runs a private practice as a mediator, specialising in civil and commercial disputes.  She mediates complaints against lawyers for the New Zealand Law Society, pro bono.  She also serves on the International Standards Commission of the International Mediation Institute and on the Senior Courts Education Committee of the Institute of Judicial Studies.

Research | Current

  • Mediation law and practice
  • Evidence
  • Advocacy
  • Negotiation theory
  • Civil justice
  • Contract law
  • Professional negligence
  • Insurance law

Teaching | Current

  • LAWGENRL 401 - Evidence
  • LAWGENRL 424 - Negotiation, Mediation and Dispute Resolution
  • LAWGENRL 721 - Mediation

 

Areas of expertise

  • Mediation law and practice
  • Evidence
  • Advocacy
  • Civil justice
  • Contract law
  • Professional negligence
  • Insurance law

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Dew, M., & Khouri, N. (2017). International commercial mediation and the UNCITRAL initiative. New Zealand Law Journal, 2017 (1), 21-23. Related URL.
  • Khouri, N. (2017). Civil justice responses to natural disaster: New Zealand’s Christchurch High Court Earthquake List. Civil Justice Quarterly, 36 (3), 316-362.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34987
  • Khouri, N. C. (2016). Innovative judging following natural disasters: Lessons from the Christchurch High Court Earthquake List in New Zealand. Paper presented at Law and Society Association of America Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA. 2 June - 5 June 2016. AT THE DELTA: Belonging, Place and Visions of Law and Social Change. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35288
  • Khouri, N., & Dew, M. (2016). International commercial mediation under the spotlight at UNCITRAL. New Zealand Law Journal, 2016 (8), 322-324.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33545
  • Khouri, N. (2016). Should you "lay bare your soul"? The shifting landscape of mediation privilege in New Zealand. Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 27, 111-118.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29896
  • Khouri, N. (2014). Sorry seems to be the hardest word: The case for apology legislation in New Zealand. New Zealand Law Review (4), 603-646.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26195
  • Khouri, N. (2008). Bird Flu, TRIPS and the customary international law doctrine of necessity. New Zealand Yearbook of International Law, 5, 37-64.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26200
  • Khouri, N. (2007). Human Rights and Islam: Lessons from Amina Lawal and Mukhtar Mai. The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, 8, 93-109. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26087

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Mobile phone: +64 21 471 670.