Dame Sian Elias

Dame Sian Elias

Speaker Session A10: Conflict between indigenous persons and the state 

The Right Honourable Dame Elias is the 12th Chief Justice of New Zealand and the first woman to be appointed to that office.  She graduated from Auckland University with an LLB Honours Degree in 1970 and was admitted to the New Zealand Bar the same year. She studied at Stanford University, from which she graduated in 1972 with a Master’s Degree in Law.  Following her return to New Zealand, Dame Sian worked first as a solicitor and then as a barrister in Auckland.  In 1984-1989 she was a member of the Law Commission working particularly on the reform of company law. Click here to read more

Current
Chief Justice of New Zealand
Past
Judge of the High Court in Auckland
Education
Auckland University & Stanford University