Professor Jacinta Ruru
Jacinta Ruru (Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Maniapoto) is co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, and Professor of Law at the University of Otago and has presented widely at conferences around the world. Her research (and more than 90 associated publications) has focused on exploring Indigenous peoples' legal rights to own, manage and govern land and water including national parks and minerals in Aotearoa New Zealand, Canada, United States, Australia and the Scandinavia countries.
Amongst her many other roles and responsibilities, Jacinta is also an associate at the Indigenous Law Centre, University of New South Wales. Awards received include the University of Otago prestigious Rowheath Trust and Carl Smith Medal for outstanding scholarly research achievement across all disciplines (2010), the Fulbright Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Senior Māori Scholar Award (2012), the OUSA University of Otago Association’s New Supervisor of the Year Award (2013) and the University of Otago Kaupapa Māori Teaching Excellence Award (2015). Jacinta is also Editor of the Resource Management Journal and Resource Management Theory and Practice, consultative editor for the Māori Law Review, and book review editor for the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment. She is on the editorial committee for several journals including the Settler Colonial Studies Journal, Australia and New Zealand Law and History Journal, Public Interest Law Journal New Zealand, and Global Journal of Comparative Law.