CV / Biography
LL.B. (Hons), first class, from Victoria University of Wellington (NZ); LL.M. (“The Management of Native Lands in Canada and New Zealand: A Comparison”) from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada; Ph.D. (Cantab.) 1988 (awarded Yorke Prize 1989). Fellow of Sidney Sussex College 1984 - . Extensive publications in the field of common-law aboriginal rights; constitutional (imperial and colonial) history and historiography. Citation by courts (most recently and prominently, New Zealand's foreshore and seabed controversy (2003 -), also Takamore v Clark  NZCA 587; Ross River Dena Council v A.-G (Canada) 2012 YKSC 4) and as leading expert witness for the defendants in the 'Urewera Four Trial' (2012) (billed as New Zealand's most expensive criminal trial) [http://www.nzherald.co.nz/africa/news/article.cfm?l_id=1&objectid=107941...
He is working on a new book (2016) 'Unremitting Solicitude': Crown, Tribes and Law in the Victorian Era. This develops the underlying theme of his 2004 book calling for the careful historicisation not only of legal doctrine but also and more fundamentally of the notion of law and the exercise of public authority.
Extensive presentations and public lectures in the UK and abroad (Canada and New Zealand especially), including practitioners' workshops.