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Professor/Associate Professor in Law, AUT Law School

Auckland University of Technology
New Zealand
Academia, Education & Training
Full Time
On site, no remote
Applications close:
Posted 1 week ago
  • Teach, research, lead and collaborate
  • Join AUT's dynamic and diverse Law School
  • Permanent, full-time appointment 

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is dynamic and vibrant with a diverse body of students, staff and partners. As one of the world's top 50 young universities and Aotearoa's newest, AUT is the university of opportunity where all students with talent and potential have the chance to succeed. We are a socially driven university with equity and excellence central to our purpose and actions, and we offer a stimulating teaching and research environment with strong connections to government, business, industry and the professions.  AUT has over 29,000 students and around 4,000 staff across our three teaching campuses and is located in Aotearoa's largest city, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland­ - consistently ranked as one of the world's most liveable cities. 

AUT's new Vice-Chancellor has a clear vision expressed through the cornerstone Ki Uta Ki Tai Student Success Plan which will ensure a shared, cohesive approach for the University to achieve its commitments and ambitions for student success, inclusion and belonging.  Our law school is committed to this inspirational vision.

The Law School, which is part of AUT's Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, is Aotearoa's newest and arguably, its most contemporary - blending traditional legal education and focus on legal theory with a strong practical application. AUT law graduates are highly sought after by law firms, business, community organisations and other employers. Established in 2009, the School has grown significantly in size and stature. We have over 25 committed and passionate staff who are dedicated to providing an excellent learning experience for our incredibly diverse student community, whilst maintaining a focus on high-quality research that has genuine impact and makes significant ongoing contributions to Aotearoa's policies and legal frameworks.  We focus on high quality, innovative teaching with authentic practice-based assessment which prepares our graduates for the workplace and provides opportunities for postgraduate study. As a School, we are an open, collegial group and support the growth of our people. We teach at both AUT's City and South campuses.

Teach, research, lead and collaborate in the field of Law

This is an exciting opportunity for an inspirational, collaborative and forward-thinking Professor or Associate Professor of Law with expertise in one or more of the following legal areas: Contract, Torts, Public Law, Criminal Law or Trusts, Tikanga Māori.

We are seeking interest from active academic citizens interested in taking leading roles supporting the school's vision for an academically excellent, but practical, legal education that maximises the opportunities for our graduates to make an impact in their future careers.

You will embrace service and leadership opportunities, be hugely involved in school life and be reflective and sensitive to the needs of our particularly diverse student community. You will enjoy helping to mentor more junior staff and work with a truly collaborative approach, developing strong working relationships with colleagues, students and the community - people will know who you are and what you stand for. You will be expected to publish actively in your specialised field; research is well supported within the School and the Faculty also offers a variety of contestable research funds.  Teaching and Learning is prioritised at AUT and we value excellent educators who approach the classroom with an innovative, inclusive and student-centred approach. Aligned with your research focus, you'll teach and lead across programmes and courses, and supervise postgraduate research, as agreed with the Dean of Law. The School has an upcoming curriculum review, and your contributions to programme and course development will evidence a continuous-improvement focus. You will embrace the upcoming 2024 implementation of tikanga Māori into the law curriculum and support our work towards preparing for this.   

You will be recognised nationally and internationally as a leading scholar in your academic field. Your ability to listen, connect, collaborate, communicate and influence will be critical.  You will haves strong respect for others coupled with an open and engaging attitude that is flexible to changing requirements. You will enhance the positive energy within AUT, value diversity and work inclusively.

Application information 

Please submit a curriculum vitae (including full publication record), cover letter and a statement addressing the following key selection criteria:

  1. A record of distinguished academic achievement and research appropriate for appointment as a Professor or Associate Professor. A postgraduate degree in Law (minimum of a Masters) is required.
  2. Expertise in one or more of the following legal areas: Contract, Torts, Public Law, Criminal Law or Trusts, Tikanga Māori.
  3. Applicants will be committed to being research active and engaging in research informed teaching.
  4. Evidence of curriculum design and implementation.
  5. Evidence of international recognition in legal research.
  6. Evidence of contributions in the mentoring and the career growth of academic colleagues, especially underrepresented groups.
  7. Values led and a commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and bicultural issues. Knowledge and experience of Tikanga Māori would be advantageous.
  8. Applicants are welcome to provide evidence of any other experience or achievements relevant to the position.


Start Date: As soon as possible and ideally by February 2023. Interviews are expected to take place in weeks commencing 18 and 25 July 2022.


Appointment level and salary will be commensurate with the skills and experience of the successful applicant.

For academic enquiries: contact Unayza Nabijan, Law School Coordinator/EA to the Dean of Law - [email protected]. For recruitment enquiries: contact Caroline Cranston, Recruitment Consultant - [email protected] 

Advertising closes: 3 July 2022, 11:55pm

AUT's Law School is committed to achieving greater diversity and welcomes applications from all including, in particular, suitably qualified individuals from under-represented groups.

Please note we are also advertising an Lecturer / Senior Lecturer position - please find the link here  

At AUT we strive to be a place where people love to work and learn. We are committed to inclusivity and the Treaty of Waitangi and aspire to be the University of choice for Māori and Pacific communities. We welcome people of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religious and political beliefs, socio-economic situations and accessibility needs.

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