Visitors in 2017

Professor Ronnie Mackay

Ronnie Mackay is Professor of Criminal Policy & Mental Health at de Montfort Law School, Leicester. He has a long and distinguished record  in research in criminal law and mental health law, with an emphasis on mental condition defences and mentally abnormal offenders. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, and Personality and Mental Health – Multidisciplinary Studies from Personality Dysfunction and Criminal Behaviour. He has many publications in leading academic journals and has acted as an academic consultant  to the English Law Commission in relation to their work on Partial Defences to Murder. He has also undertaken empirical research  for the English Law Commission  into unfitness to plead and insanity , being the culmination of a longstanding research project Funded by the Nuffield Foundation. Professor Mackay  is a regular presenter at  national and international conferences. He was part of the editorial team  that produced a major work entitled Principles of Mental Health Law and Policy (OUP,2011).  He has been a visitor to  Auckland on several occasions.

Professor Richard Bonnie

Richard J Bonnie is Harrison Foundation Professor of Law and medicine, Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences and Director of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. He teaches and writes about health law and policy, bioethics, criminal law, and public policies relating to mental health, substance abuse, and public health. He has co-authored leading textbooks on criminal law and public health law. Richard Bonnie has been actively involved in public service throughout his career. He has held positions as Associate Director of the national Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse (1971- 73); Secretary of the First National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse (1975-80); chair of Virginia’s State Human Rights Committee (1979-85), and chief advisor for the ABA Criminal Justice Mental Health Standards Project (1981-1988). In 2007 Professor Bonnie received the University of Virginia’s highest honour, the Thomas Jefferson Award.

Dr Ian Freckelton

Ian Freckelton is a leading barrister in full-time practice throughout Australia. Athough working as a Queens Counsel from Crockett Chambers in Melbourne, he is also a member of the Victorian, Northern Territory and Tasmanian Bar Associations. He has appeared in many significant cases involving government instrumentalities, and has appeared in numerous judicial inquiries, Royal Commissions and inquests, including the Lindt St Café inquest. He has been appointed to many tribunals on a part-time basis, including the Social Security Appeals Tribunal the Victoria Mental Health Tribunal, the Psychosurgery Review Board , the Medical Practitioners Board and a number of other Boards and Tribunals. In addition to his barristerial practice, Dr Freckelton is also an eminent academic. He has held honorary or adjunct positions as Professor of Law at Sydney, Macquarie and La Trobe Universities and for 5 years was Professor Law Forensic Medicine and Forensic Psychology at Monash University. He has authored over 500 peer reviewed articles and has authored or edited over 30 books on a wide range of legal subjects.

Professor Gerry Ferguson

Gerry Ferguson is Distinguished Professor at the University of Victoria in Canada. He was Associate Dean  of the Faculty of Law at U Vic for two terms  and in 1972 -1973 served as a research Officer at the Law Reform Commission of Canada. He was an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa form 1973 – 1976.

Professor Ferguson’s teaching interest are in criminal law, criminal procedure, sentencing, global corruption and mental health law. he has authored the open access book Global Corruption: Law, Theory and Practice and has co-authored the two volume Canadian Criminal Jury Trials. He has also written over 100 journal articles and contributed book chapters on a range of law topics. He has taught at universities in Malaya, Hong Kong, Australia and Indonesia and has twice been a visitor to Auckland. Gerry is currently a Senior Associate of the International Centre for Criminal Law and a member of the United Nations Expert Group working on Anti-Corruption Academic materials.  He is a former member of the National Advisory Council of the Law Commission of Canada, the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, and is an active3 participant in the Canadian Bar Association, Law Society, and Continuing Legal Education Society activities.