Women Leaders in Law Fellow Iris Reuvecamp

This Fellowship is supporting Iris to produce a comprehensive text on public health law in New Zealand.

Borrin Foundation Women Leaders in Law Fellowship

Iris’s plan

Iris intends to use this fellowship to publish a text on Public Health Law in Aotearoa New Zealand.  It is intended that the text will facilitate a rigorous and scholarly review of the legal and regulatory framework that applies, that is independent of political opinion, yet useful for policy formation concerning the design implementation, review and reform of public health law in certain areas. It seeks to take a multi-disciplinary approach and rely on the expertise of those working in public health, both lawyers and non-lawyers, to illustrate how the law can be used as a tool to achieve public health objectives. It intends to squarely address the complex trade-offs and tensions between population health and individual rights, and the importance of the constitutional limits on the exercise of public health powers and the need to safeguard individual rights and freedoms.


About Iris

Iris is a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.  Iris has been practising as a health and disability law specialist for twenty years both as inhouse counsel and as an external advisor.  Iris appears regularly in a range of courts and tribunals and is a court appointed lawyer for the subject person under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988 and lawyer for the child.

She is an Affiliate of the Law Faculty and a Professional Practice Fellow of the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago and teaches on health and disability law.  Iris has published on a range of topics relevant to health and disability law.  Iris was co-editor of Mental Capacity Law in New Zealand (Thomson Reuters, Wellington, 2019). Iris holds a number of health and disability sector governance roles.  She is also chair of the Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology and a member of the Clinical Advisory Ethics Group for Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley District, Te Whatu Ora.


Grant Amount

$50,000 in 2022-2023

“I feel privileged and excited at the opportunity provided by the Borrin Foundation to lead this multi-disciplinary project, and to be involved in the articulation of public health law in Aotearoa New Zealand.”

Iris Reuvecamp