Dean Knight

Legal Commentator & Academic


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The Associate Professor of public law at Victoria University and  the NZ Centre for Public Law Victoria University of Wellington. His tweeting and commentaries around the legal implications of Covid-19 and constitutional and public law issues keep an always pertinent eye on issues many might otherwise give just a sideways glance.

Regular tweeting and his book with Mathew Palmer (now Justice Palmer) ‘The Constitution of New Zealand, A Contextual Analysis’, provides a fascinating insight into the country’s constitutional arrangements, as one of just three unwritten democratic constitutions in the world.

He spent over seven years in practice in with at Phillips Fox (specialising in litigation, public law and local government) before completing an LLM at the University of British Columbia, Canada and a PhD at London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom.

An observer, commentator and go-to expert on everything from the legal perils of MIQ refugees stranded overseas to being a “constitutional advisor” to the New Zealand Republic group, who has entered the fray over moves towards New Zealand’s republican future. Among his suggestions are the development of a ‘minimalist reform model’ for a New Zealand republic, something that will doubtless create continued interest following the death of the last, popular Monarch.

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