Maori and indigenous law

The University of Waikato has steadily developed strength in Maori and Indigenous Law and earned an international reputation for its research in this area. In 2012 we established a Centre for Maori and Indigenous Governance, headed by Dr Robert Joseph which draws together the many strands of Maori and Indigenous research being carried out by our own faculty, across the University of Waikato, and with international collaborators.

Professor Brad Morse is internationally acknowledged as an expert in indigenous law. He has served as legal adviser to many First Nations in Canada as well as national and regional Aboriginal organisations since 1974 in a broad range of constitutional, land claim, governance, economic and treaty issues. He has been an adviser to the Waitangi Tribunal and the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission.

We have the largest pool of Maori legal academics in the world, and based on the research we do, we can then offer consultancy and capacity building services to Maori and other key stakeholders, including CRIs, other universities, Maori organisations and iwi providers.

Much of our research focuses on issues concerning Maori and indigenous peoples’ governance, rights and responsibilities. Valmaine Toki is a Vice Chair on the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and Linda Te Aho is a lead negotiator for the Treaty of Waitangi claims of Ngati Koroki Kahukura.

Our researchers active in this area include: