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Waikato Women Professors

Giselle Byrnes

Professor Margaret Wilson

Role: Professor of Law and Public Policy
Faculty: Faculty of Law


Faculty Profile

Research Expertise

  • Constitutional Law
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Employment Relations Law
  • International Labour Relations Law
  • Human Rights Law

Teaching Areas/Programmes

  • Constitutional Law
  • Law and Public Policy
  • International Labour Relations Law

Academic and Professional Leadership Roles

  • ILO Advisory Group on Social Protection Floor 2010-2011
  • Speaker, New Zealand Parliament, 2005-2008
  • Attorney General, Minister of Labour, Minister of Commerce, Minister of Treaty Negotiations, Associate Minister of Justice (Human Rights), 1999-2005
  • Foundation Dean, University of Waikato Law School, 1990–1994
  • Member Advisory Board, The Laws of New Zealand, 199 –1994
  • Law Commissioner, 1988-1989
  • Director, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, 1985–1989
  • Convenor, Government Working Party on Equal Pay and Equal Opportunities, 1988
  • Life Member, Auckland Women Lawyers Association, 1985


  • Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, 2009
  • Vic Taylor Distinguished Long Term Contribution Award - Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, 2010
  • UK/NZ Link Foundation Visiting Fellowship, University of London, 2010
  • Herbert Smith Visitor, Cambridge University Law Faculty, 2009
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Waikato, 2004
  • Distinguished Member, Auckland Law Society, 1997
  • Visiting Fellowship, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, 1997
  • New Zealand Centennial Medal, 1990

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