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Brian Coote Chair in Private Law

The University of Auckland
New Zealand (NZ)
To be discussed
Posted Date
Jul 25, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Law & Legal Studies
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The late Professor Emeritus Brian Coote generously bequeathed the largest gift by a staff member to the University of Auckland Waipapa Taumata Rau. Part of his legacy is to establish the Coote Chair in Private Law. We are seeking to appoint an outstanding scholar with excellent interpersonal skills who will make a significant contribution to their sub-discipline of Private Law, as well as the academic and broader community across New Zealand and internationally. Applications are welcomed from those with expertise in any area of Private Law, including company, competition, corporate, commercial, property, contract, landlord/tenancy, torts, trusts, equity, labour, family, or consumer law.

Candidates will demonstrate personal credibility and exceptional communication skills. The Chair provides academic leadership in the Auckland Law School Te Wāhanga Ture, with the opportunity to engage and collaborate in research and teaching with our colleagues across the University, including those in the Business School with whom there are existing strong relationships.

The Faculty of Law’s degree programmes are taught by some of New Zealand's leading scholars. The Faculty has outstanding students and very supportive alumni. Applicants will reflect our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, and have the knowledge and expertise to mentor and grow research excellence.

The University of Auckland Waipapa Taumata Rau is New Zealand's leading and largest university with over 42,000 students of whom 10,000 graduate annually in a wide range of professions and fields. The University has eight faculties and supports a number of key leading research centres and institutes. It is New Zealand's pre-eminent research institution with the largest number of top-ranked researchers.

Auckland is a vibrant cosmopolitan and rapidly growing city with approx. 1.6m people living in the greater Auckland area, and the commercial heart of Aotearoa New Zealand. We are fortunate to have an abundance of natural features including a stunning harbour and accessible coastline, native bush and moderate temperatures, which help us to retain our reputation as one of the best cities in the world in which to live.

Applications must be submitted by Monday, 5 September 2022 (further detail in the Candidate booklet).

For a confidential discussion and further information about the role, please contact the University of Auckland as below:

Dr Kathrin Soehnel, University of Auckland, DDI: +64 9 923 9006,

Clare Litten, University of Auckland, DDI: +64 9 923 9096,

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Overseas applicants

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