The University of Otago invites applications for the Jeremy Waldron Chair of Jurisprudence in the Faculty of Law. The University of Otago is a research-intensive university with a long history of excellence. The Faculty of Law was established in 1873 as the first law school in New Zealand and is a leader in legal research within New Zealand.

This Chair reflects Otago’s commitment to supporting research and teaching that will produce law graduates with a strong philosophical understanding of the role of law in a just and civil society. This position is intended to establish and emphasise the importance of the teaching and research of jurisprudence and legal philosophy within the legal profession.

The role

The scholar appointed to the Chair will be responsible for establishing and leading teaching and research in jurisprudence and legal philosophy at Otago. The appointee will be expected to teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and foster postgraduate research at Masters and PhD level.

In addition, the appointee will be expected to maintain an excellent individual international research profile and to contribute to the development of the Division of Humanities, Faculty of Law and the wider University.

The appointee will be supported through an extremely collegial academic environment, an active and dynamic research culture, and by efficient professional services across the University.

Skills and experience

Applicants for this position should be able to demonstrate:

  • A distinguished record of research publication in jurisprudence or related fields.
  • Experience of teaching jurisprudence or related subjects in a university setting.
  • Experience of supervising postgraduate research theses.
  • Evidence of international standing in the applicant’s field of particular expertise.

While the University has a strong preference for making an appointment at the level of Professor, it is open to making an appointment to the level of Associate Professor if that rank is appropriate for the most suitable candidate.

Further details

The University of Otago is well-known for its collegiality and, combined with living in the vibrant city of Dunedin, provides opportunities for an excellent work-life balance. The Dunedin campus has been ranked as one of the top 15 most beautiful in the world. The city has excellent schools, and a great array of activities, ranging from Art and Literature to outdoor activities.


Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • A CV.
  • A cover letter.
  • A teaching dossier (including teaching evaluations).
  • Three sample publications.
  • Three referee contact details.

Applications quoting reference number 2101498 will close on Sunday, 29 August 2021.


To view all current vacancies and to apply online go here

Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago i te kaupapa whakaorite whiwhinga mahi.

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