Elisabeth Perham

LLB (Hons I), BA (Hons I) Victoria University of Wellington; LLM Harvard

PhD Candidate & Teaching Fellow

Elisabeth commenced her PhD candidature with the Faculty of Law, UNSW in 2018. Her PhD research looks at the role of external constitutional advisors in constitution making processes in the Pacific region.

Elisabeth also teaches Principles of Public Law at UNSW. In 2019 she was the recipient of the Garth Nettheim Teaching Fellowship and the Sir Anthony Mason PhD Award in Public Law. She is one of the two joint editors of AUSPUBLAW, the Australian Public Law Blog (https://auspublaw.org). She is a member of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at UNSW, and is an affiliate of the Centre's Comparative Constitutional Law Project and a Deputy Director of Responding to COVID-19: Project on Public Law and Public Health. She is a member of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law and the New Zealand Association of Comparative Law, and is on the Advisory Council for the ICON-S AUS-NZ branch.

Areas of research

Comparative constitutional law, Constitution making, Constitutional advisors, Constitutional transfers, Constitutional law and small states

Supervisors

Rosalind Dixon, Jonathan Bonnitcha

Publications and presentations

  • “Exploring the Mechanisms of Costitutional Transfer in the South Pacific” (Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law Staff Seminar, Wellington, 10 March 2020)
  • “Comparative Constitutional Studies: Between Magic and Deceit by Günter Frankenberg” in (2020) April Public Law 381 (Book Review)
  • (with Maartje de Visser) “Contextualizing Participatory Constitution Making: Insights from the Small State Experience” (Presentation at the UNSW Comparative Constitutional Law Roundtable, 12 December 2019)
  • “Exploring the Mechanisms of Constitutional Transfer in the South Pacific” (Presentation at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre Postgraduate Workshop in Public Law, UNSW, 23 September 2019)
  • “Challenges and Opportunities of Democracy-enhancing Tools in Constitution-Making in Small States” (Presentation at the ICON-S Conference, Santiago, 1 July 2019)
  • (with Maartje de Visser) “Challenges and Opportunities of Democracy-enhancing Tools in Constitution-Making in Small States” (Presentation at the Asian Law Institute Conference, Singapore, 11 June 2019)
  • (with Tony Angelo) “Let Te Reo Speak: Granting Legal Personality to Te Reo Māori” (2015) 46 Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 1081
  • “Māori Fisheries - mandated iwi organisations: no valid amendment to constitution of charitable trust - failure to hold trustee elections" (May 2015) Māori Law Review 9 (Case Note)
  • “A Solution for the Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism: A ‘Fourth’ Option to Obviate the Need for a Fourth Decade?” (2013) 11 New Zealand Yearbook of International Law 3
  • “Citizenship Laws in the Realm of New Zealand” (Presentation at the Law and Culture Conference 2012: Pacific Law and Aotearoa/New Zealand, Auckland, 31 August 2012)
  • “Citizenship in the Realm of New Zealand” (Presentation to the New Zealand Association of Comparative Law, Wellington, 6 August 2012)
  • “Citizenship Laws in the Realm of New Zealand” (2011) 9 New Zealand Yearbook of International Law 219
    (with Tony Angelo) “The Report of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee on New Zealand’s Relationships with South Pacific Countries” (2010) 8 New Zealand Yearbook of International Law 181