Dr  Elizabeth M. Gresson is a New Zealand Barrister at Vulcan Chambers, Barristers at Law, Vulcan Lane, Auckland NZ.
She is an Emeritus Professor of RMIT University Melbourne Australia.
Elizabeth is well qualified in law and education:
  • PhD, Doctor of Philosophy (Auckland)
  • JD, Juris Doctor Distinction (RMIT Melbourne)
  • MA, Master of Ars 1st Cl Hons (Auckland)
  • BA, Bachelor of Arts (Auckland)
  • GDLP, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (College of Law Victoria)
  • Dip.Tchg. Diploma of Teaching (Auckland)
  • LSB, Licentiate Diploma (NZ Speech Board)
  • ATCL, Associate Diploma (Trinity College London).
  • Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (UK).

Australia: Elizabeth undertook her legal education in Melbourne, was admitted as a lawyer at Supreme Court of Victoria, and was an Australian Legal Practitioner in civil negligence claims, international, criminal, working with children regulations. Her management work as a university academic involved work in discrimination, harassment, cyberbullying, stalking, contracts, intellectual property, negotiation and dispute resolution.

New Zealand: Elizabeth was admitted to the High Court of New Zealand as a Barrister and Solicitor under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act. She is employed as a lawyer in New Zealand in her married name Dr Elizabeth Gresson.

In her legal work Elizabeth draws from her significant experience in advising, mentoring, leadership, management, researching, publishing.

She has significant international experience in education in New Zealand, Australia, UK, Hong Kong, China. She was at AUT in NZ for 10 years, RMIT University Australia for 10 years, and Visiting Research Fellow in Brighton, England for a year. She has represented many organisations in New Zealand, Australia and internationally.

Elizabeth relates well to all kinds of people, has a commitment to justice for fair outcomes of any legal dispute. Representing clients she listens well, and understands problems, and knows how to identify and focus on key issues.

Elizabeth’s long experience of public speaking, advocacy and negotiating for university matters gives her the skills for clear advocacy in a courtroom setting.

Elizabeth  is well known for her abilities as a speaker. She has represented New Zealand internationally in public speaking, and continues to be sought after as a speaker.

She is well published and has spoken at law conferences in Australia and New Zealand [Research page] and speaks extensively in education conferences, symposia and events.

She is EMERITUS PROFESSOR of RMIT University Melbourne by her previous name Elizabeth Grierson [elizabethgrierson.com]

Orcid ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7102-1464

Court Experience

  • In 2015, undertook work experience under judicial supervision at Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, Melbourne, in criminal and family violence, and specialist problem-solving courts – Koori Court, Assessment Referral List Court (ARC) (Mental Health referral court), Neighbourhood Justice Centre Collingwood, and Victorian Alcohol and Drug Court Dandenong.
  • Undertook an evaluative research project in the Court of Appeal Registry to analyse and determine the efficacy of Interlocutory Appeals in Criminal jurisdiction at the Supreme Court of Victoria, Court of Appeal. The research contributed to a confidential report for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
  • Appearances in criminal jurisdiction at District Court Auckland, District Court Manukau, High Court Auckland; successful s 106 Sentencing Act submissions to achieve discharge without conviction for clients; applications under the Land Transport Act;
  • Appeal Submissions, High Court Auckland, working with Senior Counsel;

Legal Work

  • Criminal law matters, appearances for legal aid clients working with Senior Counsel; entering pleas, sentencing submissions, pleas in mitigation, opposed bail applications, EM bail, variations to conditions, mental health issues;
  • Provide opinions on human rights issues for refugee and protection claims in NZ;
  • Advice on immigration law, Customs and Excise Act, searches, privacy;
  • Advice for arts law including intellectual property;
  • Legal matters in education including employment, bullying, harassment, regulatory practices, contract, negotiation and dispute resolution;
  • Harmful digital communications, harassment, cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking;
  • Provide opinion on evidence law of privilege;
  • Family Law: Parenting Orders, Protection Orders, working with children under Oranga Tamariki Act; domestic and family violence matters.