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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Law

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Pūkenga / Pūkenga Matua 

Kaupeka Ture | Faculty of Law

Located in Ōtautahi | Christchurch

Aotearoa | New Zealand 

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā! He hiahia, he pūkenga nōu ki ngā kaupapa ture i Aotearoa nei?

He pōwhiri atu tēnei nā Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha kia tono mai te hunga i te tūranga Kaiāwhina Pūkenga/ Pūkenga/ Pūkenga Matua. 

  • Full-time 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (permanent) position
  • A unique working environment on a beautiful campus 

Āu Mahi | What You Will Do

TeKaupeka Ture | Faculty of Law invites applications for a continuing position of Lecturer / Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor 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 Equity, Trusts, Commercial Law, Employment Law, Private Law, Tikanga Māori, Family Law, or Torts 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.  At Associate Professor level you should have an international research reputation, a proven record in effective teaching and leadership 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 te ao Māori would be an advantage. 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.

The Faculty encourages applications from Māori law graduates and law academics that can demonstrate bicultural competence and confidence. 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, and make 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
  • A unique bequest funded endowment (Erskine fund) that supports an extensive visiting Fellowship programme
  • Widely accessible sabbatical provision
  • University and Faculty scholarship support for graduate students
  • Generous annual leave provisions
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Supportive working environment
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Living in 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

The salary for this position on the Academic Grade scale is Lecturer (2.01 – $86,197) to Associate Professor (6.02 – $146,863) 

The closing date for this position is: 1 October 2023 (midnight NZ time)

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

Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted online and should include the following:

  • a cover letter which includes a 2-3 page statement outlining your research interests and future research plans, teaching philosophy, teaching experience and academic leadership (if appropriate).
  • 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 [email protected] 

For further information specifically about the role, please contact: Acting Executive Dean of Law Professor Karen Scott ([email protected]). 

For overseas applicants, please visit Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website, to review the latest health and visa requirements for visiting and working in New Zealand. 

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