Borrin Grants for Legal Projects
Learn more about the projects we have funded through our grant-making.
The University of Auckland Business School will host the New Zealand Labour Law Society Conference 2023 conference with the theme “The Changing Landscape of Employment Law in Aotearoa New Zealand” on 16 and 17 November 2023 (the first time that the conference has been...
This project is a target discussion exploring key perspectives of crime and justice affecting youth from youth workers, and specialists.About the project This project is a targeted discussion to unveil the drivers of youth engagement in harm and crime. The Truth about...
This project is a conference that was held to honour and reflect on the contribution made by Moana Jackson in addressing injustice in our law and constitution. About the project Hosted by Te Wānanga o Raukawa and the National Iwi Chair’s Forum’s Pou Tikanga, the...
This project involves performing, touring, and filming a professional theatrical production of “All of Us” by Rebecca Abrams, as a tool for community education and engagement with Restorative Justice.About the project The first phase of the project will see the...
The lecture honours the extraordinary contributions Sir Ivor Richardson made to New Zealand jurisprudence and the teaching of law.About the project The focus of the Ivor Richardson lecture is to be “Private Law in Action”, with the speaker drawn from leading New...
The first phase of a proposed three-phase socio-legal project investigating indirect parent-child contact via electronic means (virtual contact) after parental separation. About the project Virtual contact refers to post-separation indirect contact between a parent...
The Centre for Justice Innovation is being established to provide an independent, evidence-based voice on justice issues, through multidisciplinary research, evaluation, and education. About the project With an emphasis on translation to operations and practice, the...
The Folau He Vahanoa Legal Education programme will educate and empower those organisations and individuals engaged directly with Pacific families who are navigating legal issues. Folau He Vahanoa will play an important role in ensuring that the voices of Pacific...
“Islands and Ocean: Public Law in a Plural World”, 9th Annual Conference of the International Society of Public Law (ICON•S) hosted by the New Zealand Centre for Public Law at the Faculty of Law of Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington.About the project...
Understanding the experiences of ethnic women interacting with the justice system for family or sexual violence
This research seeks to provide a dedicated appraisal of the ways in which migrant women reporting violence experience New Zealand's court processes, with special reference to the Family Court as the key point of engagement with court systems after violence.About the...
Brainbox is conducting legal research to investigate how disinformation can be approached as a policy problem without undermining human rights principles. About the project Currently, a number of jurisdictions around the world - including New Zealand - view...
This project considers how climate change literacy could be incorporated into core legal subjects taught in New Zealand Law Schools. About the project This project considers how climate change literacy could be incorporated into core legal subjects taught in New...
Netsafe.org.nz’s chatbot pilot will try to answer more New Zealander’s questions about online safety and triage enquiries from our website into our complaint pathways and into other legal processes. About the project Kora is Netsafe’s first chatbot produced with...
A six-part series of Research Highlights that draw on key findings from a socio-legal research project aimed at assisting separated people to divide their property following the end of a relationship in New Zealand. About the project This research project was...
Using curated content from an April 2022 online wānanga targeted at low decile high school students potentially interested in law, this project will produce an engaging, long-lasting and easily accessible video series to educate and inspire more diverse peoples to...
This project will evaluate the state of forensic-science evidence in New Zealand criminal courts to ascertain whether the Evidence Act 2006 is sufficient to ensure the validity and reliability of scientific evidence used in criminal trials in New Zealand.About the...
This study will explore the incidence of forced marriage in Aotearoa New Zealand and examine how provisions under law can be strengthened to better address the issue and enhance support for those affected by it.About the project This project investigates the issue of...
The project will develop a preferred model for reforming Aotearoa New Zealand’s oceans management system and set out a pathway for transitioning to the reformed model. About the project This is phase 2 of EDS’s oceans management system reform project. It follows on...
This project is the first stage in designing a rich digital resource, a ‘companion’, to assist those in the learning, teaching and practice of law in Aotearoa New Zealand to understand how tikanga Māori operate as legal norms for Māori communities, and how those norms...
Te Kāhui Tika Tangata, the New Zealand Human Rights Commission is hosting a conference for Rainbow and Takatāpui communities on Rainbow rights in Aotearoa New Zealand.
This project will explore how restorative justice initiatives, including Family Group Conferences (FGCs), can be strengthened and improved for Pacific peoples who are disproportionately convicted of criminal offences and imprisoned in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Fairness and Transparency in Emerging Health Markets: Protecting New Zealanders from the Risks of Personal Genomics
This legal research will explore the legal and policy implications of Consumer Data Rights in the context of genetic testing services, identifying policy recommendations and educational resources for the wider public.About the project The market for DNA tests poses...
Assessing the social value and social return on investment impact of the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court │ Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua
The project will evaluate the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court (AODT) / Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua impact to develop an understanding of the social value and social return on investment created by the Court’s interventions.
The grant provides funding for a series of wānanga, which will build a community of practice around education for constitutional transformation.
A free, online, New Zealand legal stories project accessible to the general public, through a fresh and modern multi-media approach.
Te Kura Reo o Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa is an intensive, immersion style wānanga to provide te reo Māori language training tailored to the legal profession including lawyers judges, legal academics, legal professionals and law students.
This research project is exploring alternative approaches for women imprisonment including a rigorous assessment of open prison models.
This research project will examine what type of legal assistance people need when seeking help for legal problems from Citizens Advice Bureau to inform access to justice policy and reform.
This research project will analyse and discuss a principled framework for reform of how the criminal justice system in Aotearoa New Zealand deals with young adults (aged 18 to mid-twenties).
Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa hosts an annual hui-ā-tau. The theme for the 2021 hui-ā-tau is Māori Lawyers as Agents of Mana-Based Change. The conference will explore how lawyers can contribute to social justice by pursuing change grounded in mana and tino rangatiratanga.
The International Association of Women Judges biennial conference brings together the judiciary and others working in law to cultivate a global network, create opportunities for judicial exchange, pioneer judicial education programmes and eliminate gender bias from judicial systems. In 2021, the NZ Association of Women Judges is hosting the biennial conference.
To support real time updating of legal information and the digital communications strategy for the ‘Live Law Manual’ bespoke content management platform, a digitally interactive version of the Community Law Manual.
This project will explore the experiences of Pacific peoples in the criminal justice system and identify solutions to address the specific challenges for New Zealand’s Pacific peoples in Aotearoa. It will be done in two stages. The first is a literature review of the extant research with the second phase involving community wide talanoa across Aotearoa.
The Constitutional Kōrero conference will bring together legal and academic experts with Māori leaders and the wider public to explore legal options for constitutional transformation in Aotearoa New Zealand grounded in Indigenous rights and the models proposed by Matike Mai Aotearoa.
Equality, Belonging and Authority / Power – How can Law, Policy and Practice support best outcomes for Pasifika in Aotearoa New Zealand – Improving Pasifika Legal Education
The project seeks to bring together academics, students, graduates, legal practitioners, and policy makers from across the country to take coordinated action to identify the barriers to Pasifika in law schools and recommend interventions for change.
For 2020, we have co-funded several grants with the New Zealand Law Foundation focused on housing law and policy, legal conceptions of dignity and mana, forensic science in criminal courts and modern slavery legislation.
Strengthening the ability for Māori law to become a firm foundational component of legal education in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Rapid development and launch of digital information to provide plain English information on legal rights during COVID-19
Developing digital content to educate and support Iwi and Māori social service providers and legal practitioners to support whanau working with Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children and the Family Court.
A nationwide survey of public attitudes and values about entitlements to a person’s property after they die.
How to talk about criminal justice reform in Aotearoa New Zealand: research and training to ensure an evidence informed public discussion.
Re-imagining a different future for people experiencing mental distress and/or addiction in our criminal justice system.
Creating just consumer credit law for people at risk from predatory, irresponsible and high-cost lenders
Producing a solutions-focused report capturing ideas for how to stop sexual harassment and bullying in the legal profession
‘There is a story to be told’ – documentary storytelling for Moana Jackson’s research about the criminal justice system and Māori.
A nationwide tour for Sir Kim Workman to speak about his life’s work in criminal justice.
A cross-disciplinary dialogue exploring strategies to address the current prison crisis in New Zealand.
A conference to inform and inspire the future directions of the adult Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Courts (Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua – The House that Lifts the Spirit)
A study of the role of gangs in the imprisonment process.
A pilot for a podcast series about justice for Radio New Zealand.
Collaborative research on making Māori law a firm foundational component of learning law in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Providing law students with clinical legal education that supports transformative change in the law that addresses Māori rights .
Offending by children under 13 is linked to lifelong crime. We must better understand and prevent it.
Creating informative resources to help imprisoned mothers, their families and others to understand their rights as to their children.
Supporting a talented Māori criminal justice reform leader to attend an Oxford conference.
Is the regulatory regime of the 2012 Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act serving communities well?
Developing a better trial process for victims/survivors of partner rape by assessing current practices.
Workshops bringing together legal professionals, policy makers and community workers to discuss research on reforming trial process in adult acquaintance rape cases.
Supporting a symposium on children’s rights in a time of legislative and policy change.
Designing an improved resource management system and transition pathway for implementation.
Making information on employment law more accessible to New Zealanders through enhancements to the WorkBot chatbot.
2018 Shirley Smith Address: Professor Gillian Triggs “The Movement of People and Asylum Seekers in the Asia Pacific: a Rule of Law Approach”
Annual public lecture supporting women in law.
Completion of a comprehensive research project about the criminal justice system and Māori, 30 years on from the original landmark report, including a comparative study of other criminal justice systems and other indigenous peoples.
Making plain-English legal information about renting, working and prisons more accessible through artificial intelligence chatbots.
A socio-legal research project about how separating couples divide their property and what New Zealanders see as fair when couples separate.
A kaupapa Māori conference about transformative change in the criminal justice system.
Promoting Māori legal scholarship among young people.