Ms Gay Morgan

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Senior Lecturer (Law)

Qualifications: BA Colorado LLM Yale JD (summa ) San Diego

About Me

Gay Morgan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from the University of Colorado, and later graduated Summa Cum Laude with JD from the University of San Diego. She also graduated with Masters in Law from Yale University. Ms Morgan has been admitted to the California and Eighth Circuit bars.

Gay is a founding member of the New Zealand Human Rights Foundation, a member of the Australia & New Zealand Law and History Society and a member of several international public law forums. She spent 11 years in Africa working on public infrastructure and community self-development projects, and three years working for the United States Court of Appeal, Eighth Circuit. These experiences are central to her research interests in public law and in jurisprudence. She is an editor of the New Zealand Yearbook of Jurisprudence.

Papers I Teach

Research Supervised

Research Interests

  • Jurisprudence
  • Public Law
  • Legal Systems
  • Self Government
  • Pluralism
  • Animal Rights
Current Research Projects
  1. NZTA legislation model
  2. Democratic process in constitutionalism
  3. Moral considerateness of pest animals
  4. Communal responsibility


Law; Legal Education; Teaching

Recent Publications

  • Morgan, G. D. (2015). Comment: Deepening the path of translation - Differentiating arguments from power from arguments from legitimacy in a heterodox world. New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law, 15(1), 153-156.

  • Morgan, G. D. (2015). Constitutional cookbook: Seeking palatable ingredients for constitutional reform in New Zealand. Waikato Law Review, 23, 82-111.

  • Morgan, G. D. (2015). Shifting Paradigms: Barry's Earth-Centrism: An Effective Noble Lie?. New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law, 13(1), 65-88.

  • Morgan, G. (2011). Public law and acoustic separation - is out constitutionalism the modern realisation of Plato's noble lie?. In NZ Public Law Colloquium. Conference held at University of Auckland, Auckland.

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Contact Details

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Morgan, Ms Gay 6600 morgan N.5.23 Law, Faculty of

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