PresidentSir Grant 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 is a Doctor of Laws in the University of Waikato. He was appointed a Judge of the New Zealand High Court in 1992 and to the Court of Appeal in January 2004. He retired from that Court by reason of age in 2014, but continues to sit on the Samoa Court of Appeal.Sir Grant Hammond's appointment as a Law Commissioner is until May 2016.
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 Captain 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.
Dr Mapp's appointment as a Law Commissioner is until March 2017.
Judge Peter Boshier is a Law Commissioner with the New Zealand Law Commission and is also a Family Court Judge.
He was born and educated in Gisborne and attended Victoria University of Wellington, obtaining a Bachelor of Laws with Honours Degree in 1975. After a period of practice in Wellington he was appointed as a District Court Judge with a specialist Family Court warrant in 1988.
Judge Boshier has a long association with Pacific judicial issues and was seconded to undertake judicial training there, based in Suva in 2002 and 2003. Judge Boshier travels regularly to Pacific Island countries to undertake workshops on the subject of family violence and youth justice. He holds the Samoan Matai title of Misa which was bestowed in 2000.
In 2004 Judge Boshier was appointed as the Principal Family Court Judge of New Zealand and held that position until December 2012. During that time, Judge Boshier served on the Government’s Family Violence Taskforce. He is now Chair of the White Ribbon Advisory Committee, Patron of the White Ribbon Trust and undertakes a variety of family violence projects each year.
In 2009 Judge Boshier was made a distinguished alumnis of the Victoria University of Wellington for his contribution to the law.
From July 2015, Judge Boshier becomes the President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts based in the United States. He is the first New Zealander to hold this position and does so until July 2016.
Judge Boshier is Patron of the Dwell Community Housing Trust in Wellington.
Judge Boshier's appointment as a Law Commissioner is until December 2017.
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.
Professor McLay's appointment as a Law Commissioner is until December 2015.