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Since Jennifer was awarded the Sylff Fellowship in 2000, she has completed another leadership-focused fellowship: the Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice.
As the 2015-2016 NZ Harkness Fellow, Jennifer undertook empirical health law research at Stanford Law School, Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Baystate Medical Center in the United States.
From early 2017, Jennifer will be a Senior Lecturer of Law at the University of New South Wales Law School in Sydney, Australia. Her previous academic positions include:
After her admission as a barrister and solicitor of the NZ High Court in December 2010, Jennifer was a legal adviser to the NZ Law Commissioners (2011-2012). She currently serves on the NZ Law Society Health Law Committee.
Jennifer is a lawyer, health scientist and social scientist with five university qualifications, including a PhD in Public Health from the University of Melbourne’s Medical Faculty. She also holds a Masters in Health Sociology from the University of Canterbury. She graduated as the top ranked student in law (LLB) in 2010 and as the top student, across all Faculties at the University of Canterbury, in 1999. She won 17 academic scholarships and prizes from 1999-2010 including the Brookers Prize in Jurisprudence and a Melbourne Research Scholarship for her PhD. In 2001, she was awarded a Taglit scholarship and an Australian (Victorian) Friends of Hebrew University Scholarship to undertake an educational program in Israel and to undertake study in Hebrew and medical sciences at the Rothberg International School, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.
Jennifer’s multi-disciplinary background lends itself to mixed methodology research in which she combines legal analysis with methods from social and health sciences. She has published in law, social sciences, public health, health sciences, education and ethics. She has undertaken research for various organisations including the Family Planning Associations in NZ and Australia; the Hadassah Medical Centre in Israel; the Victorian, SA and NSW Australian State Governments; the NZ Ministry of Science and Innovation; and the Coronial Services of New Zealand.
Her landmark research about coroners’ recommendations and the Coroner’s Court contributed to coronial law reform, attracted widespread media attention and was published in 2016 as a book entitled Coroners' Recommendations and the Promise of Saved Lives.
Jennifer and her husband, Robert, have a three year old daughter, Rebecca.
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