Belinda Clark was Secretary for Justice from 2001-2011 and has also been Public Sector Commissioner in Victoria (Australia), Chief Executive of the Tertiary Education Commission and Director of the Office of Treaty Settlements. Earlier in her career she was a diplomat and was posted to NZ’s Mission to the UN for 4 years where she represented NZ in the Legal and Human Rights Committees. She then practised commercial and banking law at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts (which period included a secondment to the Reserve Bank as in-house counsel). She has also held senior management roles at ACC and TPK.
Ms Clark holds an LLM in International Law from New York University as well as an LLB (Hons) and a BA from Auckland University. She has published in the area of international law and has held a range of appointments such as the Chair of the Taskforce against Sexual Violence and Chair of the Committee for Oversight of the Organised and Financial Crime Agency (OFCANZ). She is currently Chair of SSC’s Audit and Risk Committee; and a member of the Advisory Board for VUW's School of Accounting, Commercial Law and Taxation, and a member of the Panel to review the Te Urewera Treaty settlement legislation.
Ms Clark’s appointment as a Law Commissioner is from August 2017 to August 2022.