Recipients of Borrin Foundation Individual Funding announced – Travel and Learning Awards

The Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation is delighted to announce the recipients of the most recent round of Borrin Foundation Travel and Learning Awards.

Borrin Foundation Travel and Learning Awards

Travel and Learning Awards are available to support individual members of the New Zealand legal community to take up opportunities to learn from others, build networks and relationships, and investigate innovative ideas.

In the last funding round nine Travel and Learning Awards were made:

  • Drew Buckley – $7,500 To attend the Innocence Network Conference and visit the California Innocence Project and engage with other organisations.
  • Lida Ayoubi – $8,750 To attend the 2023 International Disability Law Summer School, organised by the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway Centre for Disability Law and Policy, and to visit the Irish Centre for Human Rights.
  • Justice Matthew Palmer – $8,120 To travel to Oxford and Paris to research and write an article about the reasonable use of unreasonableness at Magdalen College and the Bonavero Human Rights institute at Oxford University.
  • Nicola Taylor – $10,000 To present a paper at the International Society of Family Law Conference in Antwerp, to spend time working with Professor Marilyn Freeman (University of Westminster, London) and to present a one-day symposium at the Pacifica Congress in Hobart.
  • Oliver Skinner – $7,000 To travel to Toronto, Canada to attend the North American Indigenous Studies Association Conference to make connections and present on legislation affecting Māori and the environment.
  • Olivia Klinkum – $9,157 To complete the remainder of her year-long position as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court.
  • Samuel Campbell – $10,000 To travel to Paris and Stockholm to establish networks and build connections in academia, UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, and industry.
  • Selina-Jane Trigg – $7,480 To travel travel to Copenhagen in June 2023 to attend the International Surrogacy Forum and meet with other surrogacy professionals who are also trained in Collaborative Law.
  • Vinod Bal – $9,875 To travel overseas to explore strategic and public interest litigation in pursuance of LGBT+ rights realisation.

Applications for the Travel and Learning Awards are invited twice a year.

Dates for the next round

The next round of applications for the new Borrin Foundation Te Pae Tawhiti Postgraduate Scholarship, Borrin Foundation Women Leaders in Law Fellowship, Borrin Foundation Community Law Fellowships and Travel and Learning Awards will open on 1 March 2023 and close on 3 April 2023.

Information on eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found here:



The Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation was established in 2018 through a $38 million bequest by the late Judge Ian Borrin. It is a philanthropic organisation which supports legal research, education, and scholarship. The Foundation’s current strategic areas of focus are the criminal justice system, family law and access to civil justice.


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