The AUT Centre for Non-Adversarial Justice, established in 2016, aims to identify and promote various models of justice under the broad banner of non-adversarial justice. Theories of non-adversarial justice arise from many different but interconnected law-related disciplines which offer different approaches to legal problem-solving. They include restorative justice, collaborative law, therapeutic jurisprudence, alternative dispute resolution, problem-solving courts and procedural justice.

Working within the framework of these and other ‘alternative’ models of justice, the Centre aims to facilitate research and dialogue and to assist with legal education and to articulate new ways of envisioning the relationship between law and various aspects of society. The areas of law likely to be impacted by this approach include:

  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Mental health law
  • Youth law
  • Elder law
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Family law
  • Tort law and Accident Compensation
  • Refugee law

The Centre intends to advance the AUT Law School’s mission to be a centre of excellence for law and humanities research in New Zealand.


School of Law – Auckland University of technology

120 Mayoral Drive, Auckland 1010,

Telephone:+64 (09) 921 9999 ext 6115; email:,


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Aotearoa Conference Unfitness to stand trial: 9 & 10 Oct 2017
Chair: Professor Warren Brookbanks, AUT University
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Hard capacity cases – an English perspective and a plea for help
Workshop: 14 August 2017

by Alex Ruck Keene
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New Zealand Global Pound Conference Wednesday 31 May 2017
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