Dr Robert A Joseph

Senior Lecturer, Research Centre Director MIG (Law)

Qualifications: LLB LLM PhD Waikato

Iwi: Tainui, Tuwharetoa, Kahungunu, Rangitane, Ngai Tahu

About Me

Dr Joseph completed his Bachelor and Master of Laws degrees at Waikato and was admitted to the Bar in 1998. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and was a senior research fellow for the Te Mātāhauariki Research Institute at the University of Waikato under the leadership of Judge Michael Brown and Dr Alex Frame. Dr Joseph completed a PhD in Law in 2006.

Papers I Teach

Research Supervised

Dr Joseph is currently supervising PhD and LLM candidates. He welcomes applicants for doctoral and graduate supervision in any subject within his areas of expertise.

Research Interests

  • Maori and indigenous law
  • Treaty of Waitangi
  • Māori governance

Dr Joseph's research interests are varied: the realisation of the Treaty of Waitangi rights and responsibilities; internal self-determination rights and responsibilities of Indigenous groups; Māori and Indigenous Peoples' excellent governance best practices, structures and principles that result in and transformative governance; Canadian and North American Indigenous studies; Treaty processes and post-settlement development; appropriate dispute resolution, particularly with respect to resolving disputes between different cultures; and excellent Māori governance training.

Current Research Projects

Dr Joseph is currently writing a biography of his paternal tupuna (ancestors), who fought at the famous 1864 Battle of Orakau during the Waikato Wars.


History; Indigenous Rights; International Relations; Law; Maori; Maori Culture/Tikanga; Maori Development; Maori Governance; Maori History; Maori Identity; Maori Land and Community; Maori Legal Issues; Maori Research; New Zealand History; New Zealand Politics; Religion; Resource Management; Restorative Practices; Treaty of Waitangi

Recent Publications

  • Durie, E. T., Joseph, R., Erueti, A., & Toki, V. (2017). The waters of the Maori: Maori law and state law: The waters of the Maori: Maori law and state law. Open Access version:

  • Meredith, P., Joseph, R. A., & Gifford, L. (2016). Ko Rangitikei Te Awa: The Rangitikei River and Its tributaries. Cultural perspectives report. Crown Forestry Rental Trust, Wellington.

  • Paerata, L., & Joseph, R. (2016). Ka Whawhai Tonu Mātou - Ngāti Te Kohera and the battle of Orākau.

  • Tahana, A., Kilgour, J. T., Roa, T., & Joseph, R. (2016). Collaborative Māori governance Te Mana Whatu Ahuru: Blending Mana in the Māori governance space. In Kiingitanga Day, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Joseph, Mr Robert 8796 rjoseph N.4.01 Law, Faculty of
Joseph, Mr Robert 8796 rjoseph N.4.01 Law, Faculty of

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