Justice Hammond graduated from the University of Auckland and the University of Illinois. He was a partner in the Hamilton law firm of Tompkins Wake & Co. He was then a Professor of Law in American and Canadian Universities, and Chairman of a Canadian law reform agency, before becoming a Professor of Law and Dean of Law at the University of Auckland. He has been a Visiting Professor of Law at Cornell, the Law Foundation Professor in Canada, and the Robert S Campbell Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford. He is the author of numerous published articles and books. He was appointed a Judge of the High Court in 1992 and to the Court of Appeal in January 2004.
Hon Dr Wayne Mapp served as the MP for the North Shore electorate from the 1996 elections until his retirement in late 2011. In 2008, Wayne gained the Ministerial portfolios of Defence and Research, Science and Technology.
He gained his LLB (Hon) at University of Auckland. This was followed by his LLM from University of Toronto and his PhD in International Law from Cambridge University.
He served as a Major in 3rd Auckland (Countess of Ranfurly's Own) and Northland Regiment Royal New Zealand Territorial Army, specialising in military intelligence and infantry.
Before entering politics, he practised law in the firm John Collinge, Solicitor, specialising in commercial litigation and general commercial law before lecturing in commercial law at the University of Auckland.
Until 10 December 2012, Judge Boshier was the Principal Family Court Judge of New Zealand. He was appointed to that position in 2004 and has retired from the judiciary at the expiration of his eight year term. He holds the degrees of LLB (Hons) from Victoria University (1975) and Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, University of the South Pacific (2004).
As well as his Law Commission duties, Judge Boshier has been appointed by the Victoria University of Wellington as the Director of the Law Faculty’s Laws 297 course, Legal Research, Writing and Mooting for 2013.
Geoff McLay taught at Victoria University’s Faculty of Law since completing an LLM at the University of Michigan in 1994. He was appointed a Professor with effect from 1 January 2011. He is currently on leave from the University during his term at the Law Commission.
Geoff also has a BA and LLB (Hons) (First Class) from Victoria University of Wellington, and was awarded an SJD from the University of Michigan for a thesis on the history of Crown liability in 2008. In 2006, he was a visiting Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law teaching torts and advanced torts and product liability. He has also taught advanced torts at the University of Western Ontario (Winter 2002).
At Victoria, Geoff has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses including torts, advanced torts, intellectual property, competition (antitrust) law, comparative constitutional law, and ethics. He has published or edited a wide range of articles, papers and books.