Dr Jacinta Ruru
Ngāti Raukawa ki Waikato, Ngāti Ranginui ki Tauranga, Ngāti Maniapoto and Pakeha
Jacinta is an associate professor in law at Otago University where she has been a faculty member since 1999.
Her research interests focuses on exploring Indigenous peoples’ legal rights to own, manage and govern land and water. Jacinta’s PhD thesis (University of Victoria, Canada, 2012) is titled “Settling Indigenous Place: Reconciling Legal Fictions in Governing Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand’s National Parks.”
Jacinta has led, or co-led, several national and international research projects including on the Common Law Doctrine of Discovery, Indigenous rights to freshwater and multidisciplinary understandings of landscapes.
She is co-director of the University of Otago Research Cluster for Natural Resources Law and has recently completed contributing to the ‘Old Problems New Solutions’ Landcare Research project. She has organised several conferences including the “In Good Faith” Treaty of Waitangi symposium (2007) and the international Indigenous Legal Water Forum (2009).
Significant research awards include the University of Otago prestigious Rowheath Trust and Carl Smith Medal for outstanding scholarly achievement across all disciplines (2010) and the Fulbright Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Senior Maori Scholar Award (2012).
Jacinta is a consultant editor to the Māori Law Review.
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