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Associate professor - Law, University of Auckland

Hanna Wilberg is an Associate Professor in the Law School at the University of Auckland.

Her research interests lie mainly in two areas: administrative law and the tort liability of public authorities. She also has an interest in public law more generally, particularly statutory interpretation, Bill of Rights, discrimination and Treaty of Waitangi issues. She has published in leading UK and Australian journals and edited collections in these areas. In her administrative law work, one of her main objectives is to help increase the availability of scholarly analysis of New Zealand law in this area, informed by engagement with relevant overseas jurisdictions. In her work on tort liability of public authorities, she addresses an audience across the main common law jurisdictions.

She is currently writing a book on The Principles of Administrative Law in Aotearoa New Zealand, to be published by Hart in 2024. She is also the New Zealand Law Review’s contributor of scholarly reviews of recent developments in Administrative Law.

Hanna's new teaching initiative since 2021 is a course on Social Welfare Law, Policy and Action. This includes a clinical component, offering students the opportunity to write submissions on applications for review under the Social Security Act.

Before joining the Auckland faculty in 2004, Hanna taught at Southampton University in the UK. She was a research assistant to Professor Paul Craig at Oxford; a Judges' Clerk for Richardson P and Tipping, Blanchard, Keith, Thomas, Gault and Henry JJ at the Court of Appeal in Wellington; and practiced law at the Crown Law Office.


  • 2004–2023
    Associate Professor, University of Auckland