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Elizabeth Macpherson

Lecturer, University of Canterbury School of Law, The University of Melbourne

Dr Elizabeth Macpherson is a law lecturer at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, specialising in comparative natural resources law and indigenous rights. She has Law (honours) and Commerce degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and completed her PhD on indigenous water rights in comparative contexts at the University of Melbourne. She has extensive experience advising governments, private sector and communities on natural resources, environmental and indigenous policy and regulation in Australia, New Zealand and South America, including as claimant counsel before New Zealand’s Waitangi Tribunal and a principal legal advisor and senior policy executive in Aboriginal Affairs for the Victorian State Government.


  • 2017–present
    Lecturer, University of Canterbury School of Law


  • 2016 
    University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 2003 
    Victoria University of Wellington, LLB (Hons)
  • 2002 
    Victoria University of Wellington, BCA

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Scholarship for Energy and Natural Resources Law Studies
    Funding Source:
    International Bar Association
  • 2011
    Human Rights Scholarship
    Funding Source:
    University of Melbourne