Professor Kris Gledhill – Clinical Legal Education and Postgraduate

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Professor - Law Programmes

Phone: 09 921 9999 ext 5918


Physical Address:
Law School
Room WY 610
Level 6, AUT Law School Building
120 Mayoral Drive
Auckland Central 1010

Postal Address:
Law School
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
Auckland University of Technology
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142 


BA, University of Oxford
LLM, University of Virginia
PGCert AcadPrac, University of Auckland


Kris Gledhill was a barrister in London from 1989 to 2006, appearing in criminal and public law matters, including in various precedent setting cases in the European Court of Human Rights, the House of Lords and the Court of Appeal; he also sat as a Tribunal Judge on mental health cases. At the same time, he maintained an academic career, teaching part-time at various institutions, including University College Oxford and New York Law School. He wrote several articles and three books whilst in practice.

He came to New Zealand in 2006 to undertake further academic work, before accepting a lectureship at Auckland University Law School. He joined AUT in March 2016, where he teaches criminal law, international human rights law and clinical legal education, as well as criminal law electives and postgraduate courses. He is also the Director of the Postgraduate Programme and the Director of Clinical Legal Education.

Kris has been trusted by various publishers to write or edit books in different areas of law, as well as writing many book chapters and academic articles. His contribution to his main area of interest, mental health law, has been recognised by his appointment as Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Mental Health and Capacity Law. He is also the General Editor of the New Zealand Criminal Law Review and Series Editor of the Legal Pedagogy Series for Routledge Publishing.

Teaching Areas:

Criminal Law and Commercial Criminal Law

International Human Rights Law

Clinical Legal Education

Research Areas:

Mental Health Law
Prison Law
Human Rights Law
Comparative Criminal Law

Special interests:
Forensic risk assessment and the regulation of its use in the legal arena.
Comparative human rights law, particularly its impact on mental health law.



  1. Gledhill, K and Livings, B (Eds), The Teaching of Criminal Law - The Pedagogical Imperatives (Routledge, 2016).
  2. Gledhill, K. (2015). Human Rights Acts: The Mechanisms Compared. Oxford: Hart Publishing. Pages: 544.
  3. Dawson, J., & Gledhill, K. (Eds.) (2013). New Zealand's Mental Health Act in Practice. Wellington: Victoria University Press. Pages: 399.
  4. Gledhill, K. (2012). Defending Mentally Disordered Persons. London: LAG Education and Service Trust. Pages: 787.
  5. Gledhill, K., & Bedggood, M. (2011). Law into action : economic, social and cultural rights in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand: Thompson Reuters. Pages: 512.Gledhill, K. (2009). Mental Health Tribunals: Essential Cases (2nd, revised). London: Southside Legal Publishing Limited. Pages: 149.


Book Chapters

  1. Gledhill, K (2017). Rights-Promoting Statutory Interpretive Obligations and the "Principle" of Legality. In D. Meagher, M. Groves (Eds) The Principle of Legality in Australia and New Zealand (Federation Press)
  2. Gledhill, K (2017). Ability to Participate in Criminal Proceedings. In C Wells (Ed) Abuse of Process (3rd Ed) (OUP)
  3. Gledhill, K. (2014). Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. In P. Taylor, K. Corteen, S. Morley (Eds.) Companion to Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Risk. Bristol, UK: Policy Press (University of Bristol).
  4. Gledhill, K. (2014). Insanity and Defect of Reason. In P. Taylor, K. Corteen, S. Morely (Eds.) Companion to Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Risk. Bristol, UK: Policy Press (University of Bristol).
  5. Gledhill, K. (2014). Unfitness to Stand Trial. In P. Taylor, K. Corteen, S. Morley (Eds.) Companion to Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Risk. Bristol, UK: Policy Press (University of Bristol).
  6. Gledhill, K. (2014). Rights of Access to Health Care and Older People. In K. Diesfeld, I. McIntosh (Eds.) Elder Law in New Zealand (pp. 147-178). Wellington: Thomson Reuters.
  7. Gledhill, K. (2013). The Filling of the Bournewood Gap: Coercive Care and the Statutory Mechanisms in England and Wales. In B. McSherry, I. Freckelton (Eds.) Coercive Care: Rights, Law and Policy (pp. 114-134). London: Routledge.
  8. Gledhill, K. (2013). Preventive Detention in England and Wales: A Review Under the Human Rights Framework. In P. Keyzer (Ed.) Preventive Detention: Asking the Fundamental Questions (pp. 55-83). Cambridge, U.K.: Intersentia.
  9. Gledhill, K. (2013). Risk and Compulsion. In J. Dawson, K. Gledhill (Eds.) New Zealand's Mental Health Act in Practice (pp. 62-76). Wellington: Victoria University Press.
  10. Gledhill, K. (2013). A 'Rights" Audit of the Mental Health Act. In J. Dawson, K. Gledhill (Eds.) New Zealand's Mental Health Act in Practice (pp. 285-301). Wellington: Victoria University Press.
  11. Gledhill, K. (2011). Treatment of Offending Behaviour: Is it a Legal Right?. In K. McMaster, D. Riley (Eds.) Effective Interventions with Offenders: Lessons Learned (pp. 53-79). Christchurch: Hall McMaster and Associates.
  12. Gledhill, K. (2011). Ability to Participate in Criminal Proceedings. In C. Wells (Ed.) Abuse of Process (pp. 231-262). Jordan Pub Ltd.
  13. Gledhill, K. (2010). Disability Law and Mental Health. In L. Gostin, P. Bartlett, P. Fennell, J. McHale, R. Mackay (Eds.) Principles of Mental Health Law and Policy (pp. 893-957). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Journal Articles

  1. Gledhill, K. (2017). Case Note: Marino v Chief Executive of the Department of Corrections [2016] NZSC 127. [2017] New Zealand Criminal Law Review 45-47.
  2. Tolmie, J and Gledhill, K. (2016). Common purpose liability. [2016] NZLJ 406-409.
  3. Gledhill, K (2016). Common purpose and conspiracy liability in New Zealand: Criminality by association? International Journal of Law in Context, 34 (2), 58-78.
  4. Gledhill, K (2016). Legislation note: The Crimes Amendment Act 2015. [2016] New Zealand Criminal Law Review 31-43.
  5. Gledhill, K (2016). Legislation note: The Returning Offenders (Management and Information) Act 2015. [2016] New Zealand Criminal Law Review 19-30.
  6. Gledhill, K. (2015). The Public Function Test: Have We Been Asking the Right Question?. Judicial Review, 20 (2), 73-78. 10.1080/10854681.2015.1046311
  7. Gledhill, K. (2014). <I>Brind</I> – Time to Move On?. Judicial Review, 19 (2), 103-108. 10.5235/10854681.19.2.103
  8. Gledhill, K. (2013). The Interpretive Obligation: The Socio-Political Context. New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law, 11 (1), 103-121.
  9. Gledhill, K. (2013). Establishing an International Human Rights Clinic in the New Zealand Context. International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, 19, 295-310.
  10. Gledhill, K. (2012). Common Purpose Liability in New Zealand R. v. Edmonds [2011] NZSC 159. Journal of Commonwealth Criminal Law, 2012 (1), 189-198.
  11. Gledhill, K. (2011). Preventive Sentences and Orders: The Challenges of Due Process. Journal of Commonwealth Criminal Law, 2011 (1), 78-104.
  12. Gledhill, K. (2010). The model law fusing incapacity and mental health legislation - a comment on the forensic aspects of the proposal. Journal of Mental Health Law, 2010 (20), 47-54.
  13. Gledhill, K. (2008). The Interpretative Obligation: the Duty to Do What is Possible. New Zealand Law Review, 2008, 283-332.