Request for interview: Indigenous Legal Education for Aotearoa New Zealand Phase 2 consultation
Professor Jacinta Ruru, Carwyn Jones, Associate Professor Khylee Quince and the First Laws research team are pleased to have published our “Inspiring National Indigenous Legal Education for Aotearoa New Zealand’s Bachelor of Laws Degree” Phase 1 report. You can find it here: Maori Laws Project, Research, Faculty of Law, University of Otago, New Zealand
Our Phase 1 findings review the opportunities for the teaching of Māori law as a foundation source of the Aotearoa New Zealand Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree. We suggest legal education should move in a formal way towards becoming bijural and that teaching should occur in a bicultural and bilingual way.
We are now embarking on the Phase 2 of this research project where we consult hapū and iwi Māori and the legal community on how we could implement the teaching of Māori law as a foundational part of the New Zealand LLB degree. This research project has been approved by the Otago University Human Ethics Committee. We will be collating the consultation into a final report which will be sent to all participants and made publicly available.
We would like to discuss with you your views on these issues. We have attached our Consultation Summary, which summarises our report and an Information sheet on our consultation. If you are interested in being interviewed for this research, please do contact me at [email protected] or 021440701.
We understand that a move to a bijural, bilingual and bicultural legal education is significant and sensitive, and we need now to find out how such a move might be perceived and, if it is supported, how it might be undertaken.
We will also have an online survey available in January if you prefer to contribute in that way.