Victoria at the Club: Māori justice and human rights: Cultural clash or cultural concomitance?

Victoria at the Club with Māmari Stephens

Associate Professor Māmari Stephens will explore a couple of selected aspects of Māori jurisprudence in order to ask the following question: what space there can be for the recognition of, and protection for, human rights within what can be described as Māori jurisprudence? In short, there is room; and the walls between Māori jurisprudential practice and thought, and human rights thinking and analysis, may be more porous than might be generally thought.

Māmari Stephens (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Pākehā) joined the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington in January 2006, after practising as a solicitor with Russell McVeagh, and after several years’ experience as a probation officer and broadcaster.

Māmari ran the Legal Māori Project between 2008-2014, which produced He Papakupu Reo Ture: A Dictionary of Māori Legal Terms. Her primary research interests are law and language, Māori and the New Zealand legal system, and social security law. Her book Social Security and Welfare Law in Aotearoa New Zealand is in press.


Venue: Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor
Time: 5.30pm for 6pm start
Cost: $12 for members / $15 for non-members for presentation and arrival drink, $50 for presentation, arrival drink and dinner
Dress: Business Casual


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