Bridget Fa’amatuainu

Lecturer

Email: bridget.faamatuainu@aut.ac.nz

Academic appointments:

  • Lecturer in Law: Aiono Matthew 9 Lectureship in South Pacific Legal Studies, Auckland University of Technology (2020 - ongoing)
  • Commercial Law Lecturer (Academic), National University of Samoa (2017 - 2019)

Qualifications:

  • BHSc/LLB, University of Auckland
  • MProfStuds (hons) in International relations and Human rights, University of Auckland
  • Enrolled Barrister and Solicitor, High Court of New Zealand (2014) and Supreme Court of Samoa (2015)
  • Barrister Sole (Apia, Samoa), Crichton Pointon Consultancy

Overview:

Bridget is a Samoan Lawyer who joined the AUT School of Law academic staff as a permanent research-active member in 2020 whilst being the first participant from the Māori and Pacific Early Career Academic Programme. As a Lecturer in Law (Aiono Matthew 9 Lectureship in South Pacific Legal Studies), Bridget holds a BHSc/LLB degree and a MProfStuds (hons) with a major in International relations and Human rights from the University of Auckland. Bridget relocated back to Auckland from Apia after contributing several years to the development of Samoa in the public sector (law reform, justice, academia) and private sector (education research strategy, strengthening health systems, gender equity and in house law consulting). Bridget brings a multidisciplinary research background from New Zealand's private and public sector which helped enrich Bridget's work in Samoa as a practising lawyer, Law Reformer, Law Academic and Gender & In House Law Consultant. This has further informed Bridget's commitment to building evidence-based research, policy making and law reform which effectively complements Bridget's independent advisory and consultancy experience in projects from the Pacific region, New Zealand, Samoa and Australia.

Bridget is also a Barrister Sole and active member of the Samoa Law Society in Apia and the Pacific Lawyers Association in Auckland. This year, Bridget commences a PhD in Law, by publication, within AUT Law School exploring "Gender equity provisions in Samoan laws: Progress v Contradictions".

Research interests:

Bridget has provided technical assistance (independent advice/research) in Gender equity, Education Sector Research Strategy, Pacific public health laws, gambling misuse for women, mobilising pacific wealth, evaluation of smoking cessation programmes and addressing disparities in access to laws across Pan-Pacific diasporic communities.

Bridget was further acknowledged as a contributor/independent advisor/researcher to the following selected publications:
*Clinton, Janet et al. (2007). The Healthy Housing Programme: Report of the Outcomes Evaluation (year three). New Zealand: Housing New Zealand Corporation;
*McRobbie, Hayden et al. (April 2008). “An Evaluation of the Activity of Smoking Cessation Practitioners in New Zealand Following Smoking Cessation Training,” The Journal of Smoking Cessation 3(1): 35 – 39;
*Howse, Genevieve (2012). Pacific Public Health Law in the Pacific: A Reviewers Companion. La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia; and
*Government of Samoa, Office of the Ombudsman/National Human Rights Institution. 2018. National Public Inquiry into Family Violence in Samoa. Apia.

In 2018-2019, Bridget led and completed a National University of Samoa (NUS) University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) funded project entitled "Telecommunications Reform in Samoa: The Introduction of Competition law".

Currently, Bridget is retained as Samoa's National Gender Expert TA/Consultant for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) “Promoting Evidence-Based Policy Making in the Pacific: Advancing Gender Equity” regional project and in-house law consultant for I.H. Carruthers Ltd in Apia.

Teaching summary:

Bridget lectured in commercial law, contract law, company law and partnership, employment law and legal professional ethics at NUS. At AUT Bridget is currently designing new Law Electives for 2021 on Special Topics (Introduction to Pacific Jurisprudence and Indigenous Private Law).

Fields of research:

  • Access To Justice
  • Commercial and Contract Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Labour Law
  • Legal Institutions (Incl. Courts and Justice Systems)
  • Human Rights and Justice Issues
  • History and Philosophy of Law and Justice

Professional activities:

Appointment, affiliation, and membership

  • Law Academic, Pacific Lawyers Association (2020 - ongoing)
  • Barrister Sole, Crichton Pointon Consultancy (Apia, Samoa) (2020 - ongoing)

Research outputs:

Featured research outputs

  • Crichton, B., & Seve, S. T. A. D. F. (2019). Telecommunications reform in Samoa: The Introduction of Competition Law - Preliminary findings from the Telecommunications Project. In S. T. A. D. F. Seve (Ed.), Proceedings of the Samoa Conference IV, 2018 (pp. 27-37). Apia. Retrieved from http://samoanstudies.ws/

  • Crichton, B. (2019). Gender equity in Samoan laws: Progress vs contradictions. Journal of South Pacific Law, (Special Issue on Pacific Custom), 1-18. Retrieved from https://www.usp.ac.fj/

  • Fa’amatuainu, B. (2018). Gender equity in Samoan Laws: Progress vs contradictions. In Journal of South Pacific Law Vol. Special issue on Pacific Custom (pp. 1-18). Canberra: University of the South Pacific. Retrieved from https://docplayer.net/

  • Crichton, B., & Seve Tuipe'a Aloimaina, D. F. S. (2018). Telecommunications reform in Samoa: The introduction of Competition law - Preliminary findings from the Telecommunications Project. International Journal of Advances in Computer Science and Its Applications, 8(2), 31-35. Retrieved from http://journals.theired.org/assets/pdf/20181225_064802.pdf

  • Crichton, B. (2017). Conference Abstracts. Telecommunications Reform in Samoa: The Introduction of Competition law in “Science for Sustainable Development” Conference, Apia, Samoa November 22 – 24, 2017. In Science Conference 2017 Science and Technology for Sustainable Development (pp. 1-43). Apia.

  • Crichton, B. (2017). Fa’asāmoa bioethics and healthcare decision‐making in New Zealand. Journal of Samoan Studies, 7(3), 47-61. Retrieved from https://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/

  • Bellringer, M., Taylor, S., & Fa'amatuainu, B. (2014). It's not gambling - That's a Western definition: Increasing understanding of Pacific gambling behaviours in New Zealand. In International Pacific Health Conference 2014. Auckland.

  • Bellringer, M., Fa'amatuainu, B., Taylor, S., Coombes, R., Poon, Z., & Abbott, M. (2013). Exploration of the impact of gambling and problem gambling on pacific families and communities in New Zealand. Auckland: Aauckland University of Technology.

  • Poon, Z., Bellringer, M., Taylor, S. M., Abbott, M., & Fa'amatuainu, B. (2013). Gambling impacts on Pacific communities: Secondary analyses of recent New Zealand studies. In R. Scherman, C. Krageloh, & S. Nayar (Eds.), Walking the Talk: The 2012 Collection of Oral Presentations from the AUT School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies (pp. 67-68). Auckland, New Zealand: AUT University.

  • Poon, Z., Bellringer, M., Taylor, S., Abbott, M., & Fa'amatuainu, B. (2012). Gambling impacts on Pacific communities: Secondary analyses of recent New Zealand studies. In 22nd Annual National Association for Gambling Studies Conference. Launceston.

  • Bellringer, M., Abbott, M., & Fa'amatuainu, B. (2012). Understanding gambling from a Pacific Island perspective: A qualitative study. In 22nd Annual National Association for Gambling Studies Conference. Launceston.

Journal articles

  • Crichton, B. (2019). Gender equity in Samoan laws: Progress vs contradictions. Journal of South Pacific Law, (Special Issue on Pacific Custom), 1-18. Retrieved from https://www.usp.ac.fj/

  • Crichton, B., & Seve Tuipe'a Aloimaina, D. F. S. (2018). Telecommunications reform in Samoa: The introduction of Competition law - Preliminary findings from the Telecommunications Project. International Journal of Advances in Computer Science and Its Applications, 8(2), 31-35. Retrieved from http://journals.theired.org/assets/pdf/20181225_064802.pdf

  • Crichton, B. (2017). Fa’asāmoa bioethics and healthcare decision‐making in New Zealand. Journal of Samoan Studies, 7(3), 47-61. Retrieved from https://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/

Book chapters

  • Poon, Z., Bellringer, M., Taylor, S. M., Abbott, M., & Fa'amatuainu, B. (2013). Gambling impacts on Pacific communities: Secondary analyses of recent New Zealand studies. In R. Scherman, C. Krageloh, & S. Nayar (Eds.), Walking the Talk: The 2012 Collection of Oral Presentations from the AUT School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies (pp. 67-68). Auckland, New Zealand: AUT University.

Conference contributions

  • Crichton, B., & Seve, S. T. A. D. F. (2019). Telecommunications reform in Samoa: The Introduction of Competition Law - Preliminary findings from the Telecommunications Project. In S. T. A. D. F. Seve (Ed.), Proceedings of the Samoa Conference IV, 2018 (pp. 27-37). Apia. Retrieved from http://samoanstudies.ws/

  • Fa’amatuainu, B. (2018). Gender equity in Samoan Laws: Progress vs contradictions. In Journal of South Pacific Law Vol. Special issue on Pacific Custom (pp. 1-18). Canberra: University of the South Pacific. Retrieved from https://docplayer.net/

  • Crichton, B., & Seve, S. T. A. D. F. (2018). Telecommunications reform in Samoa: The introduction of Competition Law. In Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Advances in Applied Science and Environmental Technology - ASET 2018 (pp. 16-20). Paris. doi:10.15224/978-1-63248-155-9-31

  • Crichton, B. (2017). Conference Abstracts. Telecommunications Reform in Samoa: The Introduction of Competition law in “Science for Sustainable Development” Conference, Apia, Samoa November 22 – 24, 2017. In Science Conference 2017 Science and Technology for Sustainable Development (pp. 1-43). Apia.

  • Bellringer, M., Taylor, S., & Fa'amatuainu, B. (2014). It's not gambling - That's a Western definition: Increasing understanding of Pacific gambling behaviours in New Zealand. In International Pacific Health Conference 2014. Auckland.

  • Poon, Z., Bellringer, M., Taylor, S., Abbott, M., & Fa'amatuainu, B. (2012). Gambling impacts on Pacific communities: Secondary analyses of recent New Zealand studies. In 22nd Annual National Association for Gambling Studies Conference. Launceston.

  • Bellringer, M., Abbott, M., & Fa'amatuainu, B. (2012). Understanding gambling from a Pacific Island perspective: A qualitative study. In 22nd Annual National Association for Gambling Studies Conference. Launceston.

Reports

  • Bellringer, M., Fa'amatuainu, B., Taylor, S., Coombes, R., Poon, Z., & Abbott, M. (2013). Exploration of the impact of gambling and problem gambling on pacific families and communities in New Zealand. Auckland: Aauckland University of Technology.

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