Ms Brenda Midson - Senior Lecturer

BA LLB MJur (Dist) Waikato

Brenda Midson graduated BA in English in 1988, LLB in 1995 and MJur(Dist) in 1996. She began lecturing at Te Piringa - Faculty of Law in 1997. Brenda's expertise is in criminal law and evidence, and her research interests predominantly include evidentiary and criminal law reform, particularly in relation to homicide, sexual assault, youth crime, and children's rights and welfare. Brenda has produced a number of publications on topics including evidentiary issues in sexual assault cases, liability for accidental childhood deaths, and child homicide, along with texts in Criminal Law and Evidence. She has taught in a variety of courses across the curriculum, including the core papers Legal Systems and Legal Method at first year, Jurisprudence at second year, and Crimes at third year. Of the 400 level papers offered by Te Piringa Faculty of Law, she currently teaches Evidence and Crime, Criminology and the Criminal Justice System. She also teaches in the graduate Criminology paper.

In June 2007 Brenda was one of the first women to participate in the New Zealand Women in Leadership Programme, sponsored by the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee. Arising out of that participation, she is a member of the L-SHIP research team, comprising 6 women from NZ tertiary institutions, involved in ongoing research on what helps women develop as leaders in universities.

Brenda's administrative contributions to the Faculty have included the role of Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programmes. She has served on the Academic Board and other university-wide committees. She is currently the Faculty’s Chief Examiner.

Brenda is also the General Editor of the New Zealand Law Journal.

Recent Publications:


Butterworths Criminal Law Q&A (4th ed) LexisNexis (2014)

Butterworths Student Companion Evidence (2nd ed) LexisNexis (2011)

Journal Articles

“The helpless protecting the vulnerable? Defending coerced mothers charged with failure to protect” (2014) 45 Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 297-320.

“Eligibility of spouses to give evidence – the implications of New Zealand’s recent ‘cold case’: R v Hallett [2013] NZHC 424 [2013] New Zealand Law Journal 394.

“Culpability of Young Killers” [2013] New Zealand Law Journal 158.

“Risky business: developmental neuroscience and the culpability of young killers” (2012) 19(5) Psychiatry, Psychology and Law 692-710.

“Teaching causation in criminal law: Learning to think like policy analysts” (2010) 20 Legal Education Review 173.

“Learning to be leaders in higher education: What helps or hinders women's advancement as leaders in universities” Educational Management Administration & Leadership. v-online, DOI: 10.1177/1741143210383896, SAGE, 2010. p.1-19 (co-authored).

Search the University Recent Publications Database for other publications by Brenda Midson