Vacancies at the Commission are listed below. To apply please email your cover letter and curriculum to the contact detailed below.

Senior Legal and Policy Adviser

Closing Date 31 August 2022

Join our close-knit team and help us promote the ongoing review, reform and development of Aotearoa New Zealand law.

  • Contribute to law reform
  • Enjoy a workplace that promotes and values diversity
  • Work in a supportive environment with flexible working arrangements

Ko wai mātou: Who are we?

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission is an independent Crown entity that undertakes law reform projects and provides advice to Ministers and public sector agencies.
Our role is to promote the systematic review, reform and development of the law of Aotearoa New Zealand. The Law Commission must take into account te ao Māori in its recommendations and consider the multicultural nature of Aotearoa New Zealand society.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

Working at Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission provides a unique opportunity to contribute to the development of the law. You will be involved in the robust analysis of complex legal and policy issues and the formulation of innovative options for reform.

In joining our team, we offer:

  • A workplace that promotes and values diversity
  • Being part of a small, friendly team who are passionate about our work to reform the law
  • Commitment to your continued learning and development
  • We’ll cover the cost of maintaining your legal practising certificate
  • Working with Commissioners and highly experienced Principal Advisers means benefiting from direct professional development and support.

Te tūranga: The role

Reporting to a Commissioner or Principal, this role will see you join a talented and committed team of advisers on one of our recently commenced reviews.
Working across the lifecycle of the project you will provide legal research and analysis and contribute to policy formulation. Along the way you will also engage with a wide variety of agencies, organisations and communities with whom the Commission consults.

He kōrero mōu: About you

Possessing an excellent law degree, you will also have recent experience in either a legal or policy adviser position, with well-developed skills in developing and maintaining engagement relationships. We’re looking for someone who gains satisfaction from delving deeply into complex legal and social issues and working both collegially and autonomously.

The other qualities we are looking for include:

  • An interest in te ao Māori
  • An understanding of legal and policy development
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Able to engage with understanding and empathy
  • Able to write well and persuasively
  • Able to deliver to deadlines

Due to the context of some of our recent and upcoming reviews, a background in criminal law or civil litigation would be advantageous. Please note, this is not a prerequisite, and we welcome all applicants with legal and policy experience to apply.

Tono mai: How to apply
Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission is a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

We’ve partnered with Kin to fill this important role. For any questions, please get in contact with Jamie Edmundson at Kin. She can be reached on or 022 131 9176.

Applications will close on the 31st of August at 5PM. We will be reviewing applications as we go, so don’t delay in applying with your CV and a cover letter.