Dr  Elizabeth M. Gresson is a New Zealand Barrister at Vulcan Chambers, Barristers at Law, Vulcan Lane, Auckland NZ.
An Emeritus Professor of RMIT University Melbourne Australia in her previous name Elizabeth Grierson [elizabethgrierson.com]
  • 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 legal education in Melbourne, Victoria; was admitted as a lawyer at Supreme Court of Victoria as Dr Elizabeth Grierson. She practised as an Australian Legal Practitioner in Melbourne, working with civil negligence claims, international law, criminal law, education and working with children legal requirements. Management work as a university academic encompassed contract law, discrimination, harassment, cyberbullying, stalking, intellectual property, negotiation and dispute resolution.


Dr Elizabeth Gresson Australian Lawyer with Nicholas Gresson QSM and Dr Mark Williams Australian Legal Practitioner, Supreme Court of Victoria, Melbourne 2016.

Europe: Undertook intensive period at Aarhus University Jutland, on Danish and European Union legal, social and political systems.

New Zealand: Elizabeth was admitted at the High Court of New Zealand, Auckland, 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 university leadership and management. She has significant international experience in education in New Zealand, Australia, UK, Hong Kong, China, in research and publishing, developing degree education, and supervising and examining doctoral candidates.

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

Elizabeth speaks at law and education conferences and symposia in Australia and New Zealand, and is well published. [Research page]

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

Elizabeth relates well to all kinds of people and has a commitment to justice for fair outcomes of any legal dispute. Representing clients she listens well, understands legal issues and problems, gives clear advice, and knows how to identify and focus on key issues to advocate for the best outcome possible for her clients.

Legal Experience

  • Worked with judicial supervision, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, Melbourne, in therapeutic jurisprudence approaches to criminal law, family violence, and specialist problem-solving courts, Koori Court, Assessment Referral Court (Mental Health), Neighbourhood Justice Centre Collingwood, and Victorian Alcohol and Drug Court Dandenong.
  • Court of Appeal Registry evaluative research project to analyse and assess the efficacy of Interlocutory Appeals in Criminal jurisdiction at the Supreme Court of Victoria, Court of Appeal. 120 appeal cases were analysed. The research contributed to a confidential report for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
  • Appearances in criminal jurisdiction at District Courts of Auckland, Manukau, Waitakere, North Shore, and the Auckland High Court.
  • Advance successful submissions in Court to achieve discharge without conviction for clients, per section 106 of the Sentencing Act 2002 (NZ);
  • Appeal Submissions, High Court of Auckland, working with Senior Counsel;
  • Criminal law matters, working with Senior Counsel; pleas, sentencing submissions, opposed bail applications, EM bail applications, variations to curfew conditions;
  • Defended hearings, Judge alone; propensity submission for trial by jury;
  • Advances submissions to assist clients with mental health issues;
  • Defence of claims for relief from forfeiture orders pursuant to Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act, High Court Auckland;
  • Provide opinions on human rights issues for Refugee and Protection claims in NZ;
  • Advice on Immigration law, Partnership Visas;
  • Customs and Excise Act, searches, privacy issues;
  • Advice for arts law including intellectual property; publishing, defamation;
  • Education legal issues, employment, bullying, harassment, regulatory practices, contract, negotiation and dispute resolution;
  • Harmful digital communications, harassment, cyber-bullying;
  • Provide opinion on evidence laws of privilege, hearsay, propensity;
  • Assist with family law issues;
  • Domestic and family violence matters.