Dr Brenda Midson

Brenda Midson

Senior Lecturer (Law)

Qualifications: PhD BA LLB MJur (Dist)

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About Brenda

Dr Brenda Midson began lecturing at Te Piringa - Faculty of Law in 1997. In addition to regularly teaching in Crimes and Evidence, she has taught in a range of courses across the curriculum including Legal Systems, Legal Method, Jurisprudence, Family Law and Criminology.

In 2018 Brenda completed her PhD entitled "Why did they do it? Moral sensibilities, motivating reasons, and degrees of moral blame in culpable homicide". The thesis concludes with a recommendation for a degrees of murder approach to be adopted in New Zealand.

Brenda's administrative contributions to the Faculty in the past have included the role of Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programmes, and she is currently serving as the Acting Associate Dean. She has served on the Academic Board and other university-wide committees including the Ethics Committee and the Academic Programmes Committee.

Brenda is also the General Editor of the New Zealand Law Journal (NZLJ), New Zealand's longest-running law journal that publishes articles on the whole range of legal issues of interest to practitioner and academic audiences.

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.

Papers Taught

Research Interests

  • Criminal Law & Evidence

Brenda's 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.

Recent Publications

  • Midson, B. (2019). How antiquated legal language undermines complainants in cases of sexual assault. Retrieved from

  • Midson, B. (2019). Innocent Victims and Vulnerable Offenders: Defending Impaired Adults Who Kill Children. The Journal of Criminal Law, 002201831985850. doi:10.1177/0022018319858505

  • Midson, B. (2019). Why it might be time for New Zealand to reconsider the legal definition of murder. Retrieved from

  • Midson, B. (2019). Sex and sport: how to create a level playing field. Retrieved from

Find more research publications by Brenda Midson


Crime; Family Law; Gender; Human Rights; Law; Violence; Youth

Contact Details

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Midson, Dr Brenda 8959 midsonb N.5.11 Law, Faculty of

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