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Education CV

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (2013)

Master of Law (First), University of Cambridge 

Bachelor of Laws (Honours, First Class), University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Bachelor of Arts (German, Political Science), University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Scholarships and awards:

  • Hollond-Whittaker Research Studentship in Law (Trinity College)
  • Chevening Scholarship (FCO, Cambridge)
  • LB Wood Travelling Scholarship (Canterbury)
  • Gordon Watson Scholarship (Canterbury)
  • Corallyn Newman Award (most outstanding graduate of Canterbury who went to Christchurch Girls’ High School) (2013)
  • International Exchange Award (Canterbury, for exchange to Nottingham University Law School, UK)
  • Ewart Hay Prize (first in Public International Law) 
  • Dean’s Invitation to Honours (top 10% in Political Science)
  • Dean’s Invitation to Honours (top 5% in German) 
  • Dux Scholarship (Canterbury) 
  • Law School Scholarship (Canterbury)
  • Bickerton-Widdowson Scholarship 

Professional experience:

  • Legal practice (Wellingon, New Zealand): Public Law; Litigation; International Trade
    • Legislative and regulatory reform for fisheries industry, labour market, credit unions market
    • Advising on parliamentary privilege
    • Advising on WTO law and litigation process
    • Advising on proposed tobacco plain packaging laws in New Zealand
    • New Zealand, international and EU food safety standards
    • Engaging with government inquiries under the Inquiries Act 2013
    • Participating in parliamentary select committee hearings, for submissions on bills and for financial review purposes
    • Secondment to Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
    • Engaging with public officials, Ministers and Cabinet about current law, law reform and enforcement practices
    • Advising on defamation law in political context
    • Judicial review: Commerce Commission input methodologies; as between two Crown entities on electoral advertising
    • Human rights litigation: right to die; remedies for historic child abuse of children in state care
    • Advising on public and private sector risks under Official Information Act 1982
    • Advising on state sector entities’ mandate under legislation to undertake commercialisation activities
    • Advising on Crown entity best practices during general election
    • Advising on trade agreements and issues vis-á-vis trade between New Zealand with Iran
    • Advising on and ministerial submissions on trade implications of the TPPA, especially parallel importing
    • New Zealand and EU import / export restrictions and prohibitions (and liaising with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Customs department)
    • Privacy Act 1993 compliance for various private and public sector agencies
    • Immigration and citizenship law
    • Implications of domestic and international anti-money laundering laws and other sanctions for specific transactions
    • Advising on corporate governance, delegations framework and legislative compliance for statutory entities
  • Pro bono
    • Setting up trust for animal rescu charity
    • Advising on corporate structure of new social enterprise
    • Drafting and registering new trust deed; amended constitution
    • Advising charitable trust on becoming a Crown entity in the future
    • Wellington Community Law Centre solicitor volunteer (refugee law, appeals, submission to Minister, Immigration and Protection Tribunal)

Fields of research

Resolving the conflict between the rights to privacy and freedom of expression

Media law

Human rights law

Constitutional law

Conflicts of rights

Legal and political philosophy



Dr Kirsty Hughes

Professor David Feldman QC

Representative Publications

J Gligorijević “Publication restrictions on judgments and judicial proceedings: problems with the presumptive equivalence of rights” (2017) 9(2) Journal of Media Law 215-231.

J Gligorijevic “Parliamentary privilege reaffirmed” [2014] NZLJ 393.

Conference papers

"Children’s privacy: the role of parental control and consent" (presented at Trinity College Dublin, February 2018)

"Current trends in English privacy law: protecting children online" (presented at KU Leuven, March 2018)

"Policing speech: using persuasion and autonomy to identify actionable harm in expression" (presented at McGill University, Montreal, May 2018)

"Privacy on the Frontiers of Public Law" (presented at the Public Law Conference, University of Melbourne, July 2018)


J Gligorijević "Upholding celebrities’ privacy and problematising news media claims to freedom of expression: Sir Cliff Richard v BBC" (Inforrm's Blog, 29 July 2017, accessible at:

Start Date

Oct 2016