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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Law
University of Canterbury

Date Posted May 21, 2024
Title Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Law
University University of Canterbury
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Department Faculty of Law
Application Deadline Jul. 1, 2024
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Law - General
    Estate Planning/Wills & Trusts
    Commercial & Bankruptcy Law
    Family/Juvenile/Child Law
    Indigenous and Aboriginal Law

Kaupeka Ture - Faculty of Law

Located in Ōtautahi - Christchurch, Aotearoa - New Zealand

  • Full-time 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing(permanent) position

Kia hiwarā, kia hiwarā!

He hiahia, he pūkenganōu ki te mahi a tePūkenga / Pūkenga Matua?Nāiate pōwhiri nā Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha kia tono mai i te tūranga nei.

Āu Mahi - What You Will Do

Te Kaupeka Ture - Faculty of Law invites applications for a continuing position of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Law. The level of appointment will depend on the successful candidate's qualifications and experience. The primary focus of the appointment is to teach and research in Law, including to undertake and develop an active programme of high-quality research and scholarly publishing. The Faculty particularly welcomes applications from candidates with qualifications and experience in the teaching and research of Tikanga and Te Ao Māori. The Faculty also has research and teaching needs in the areas of Land Law, Equity, Trusts, Commercial Law, Employment Law, Private Law, Family Law, and Tort Law.

Mōu - Who You Are

You will be a highly motivated academic, or a practitioner with relevant professional experience who wishes to move into academia. At Lecturer level you should demonstrate the promise of high-quality teaching and research, or equivalent professional experience. At Senior Lecturer level you should have a proven record of high-quality research and teaching, or equivalent professional experience.  You will work well within diverse cultural environments, as well as provide a positive contribution to the administration of the school and the University more generally.

The University is committed to building Māori capacity within any field of Law so knowledge of tikanga and depth of engagement with teao Māori would be an advantage if you are not a tikanga expert already. You will be motivated to promote UC's values which include whanaungatanga - valuing people and their differences; manaakitanga - extending care and empowering others; and tiakitanga - enhancing and nurturing our resources.

Te Kaupeka Ture - Faculty of Law at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha -University of Canterbury, is committed to graduating ākonga with bicultural competence and confidence.

Mahi Ngātahi - Who You Will Work With

The Faculty has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and professional contribution. Programmes offered by the Faculty include the LLB, LLM, and PhD. The Faculty has a vibrant postgraduate student research programme. You will be part of a cohesive team working alongside professional and dynamic colleagues.

For more information about our Faculty and team, please visit us @ Kaupeka Ture - Faculty of Law

Ngā Painga o UC - Why UC

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference. 

Ngā Uara - Our Values of manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and tiakitanga guide our decisions and behaviour and provide a roadmap for how we do things at UC, affirming our commitment to pastoral care and support for our ākonga and staff. They challenge and inspire us to be the best we can, andmake UC a great place to work and study.

For more info on Ngā Uara - Our Values visit us here.

We are committed to accessible higher education, service to the community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

What we offer

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • relocation support
  • widely accessible sabbatical provision
  • University and Faculty scholarship support for graduate students
  • generous annual leave provisions
  • flexible working arrangements
  • supportive working environment
  • professional development and study opportunities
  • living in revitalised Ōtautahi - Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand
  • a unique working environment in a beautiful campus with access to UC facilities such as the recreation centre and Staff club at discounted rates plus onsite cafés and eateries, and more.

For more information on our Benefits, please visit

This role sits within the Academic Staff, Associated Staff and Academic Support Staff Collective Agreement and the following salary scale applies:

This role sits within the Academic Staff, Associated Staff and Academic Support Staff Collective Agreement and the following salary scale applies: Lecturer $89,645 - $108,144 p.a. , Senior Lecturer $113,826 - $142,591 p.a.

The closing date for this position is: 1 July 2024 (midnight NZ time)

Please note, applications will be reviewed after the close date.

Pēhea te tonomai - How You Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include the following:

  • cover letter which includes a 2-3 page statement outlining your research interests and goals and teaching philosophy (combined). Can you please include a paragraph on your tikanga knowledge in the field of Law, or a related area.
  • a Resume which includes a list of relevant research publications (combined).

We do not accept applications by email, however, we are happy to answer any queries at

For further information specifically about the role, please contact: Executive Dean of Law, Professor Petra Butler

For overseas applicants, please visit Immigration New Zealand website, to review the latest health and visa requirements for visiting and working in New Zealand.

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Executive Dean of Law, Professor Petra Butler
    Faculty of Law
    University of Canterbury
    Christchurch, Canterbury
    New Zealand


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