The incredible Jane Kelsey: precisely because talking to truth to power is a risky and unequal endeavour, it needs to be protected and rewarded. A wonderful valedictory lecture tonight that reflected Jane’s rigour, relationship-building, and deep commitment to social change. pic.twitter.com/aUe3QShE7Q
— Max Harris (@maxdnharris) July 28, 2022
Jane Kelsey has a LLB (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington, BCL from Oxford University, MPhil from the University of Cambridge. In 1991 she completed a PhD from the University of Auckland, titled Rogernomics and the Treaty of Waitangi: the contradiction between the economic and Treaty policies of the fourth Labour government, 1984-1990, and the role of law in mediating that contradiction in the interests of the colonial capitalist state. She has worked at the University of Auckland since 1979 and was appointed to a personal Chair in Law in 1997.
She is a key member of the Action Resource Education Network of Aotearoa (Arena), and is actively involved in researching and speaking out against the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, free trade and corporate-led globalisation. She is also actively involved in campaigning for the New Zealand Government‘s full recognition of the Treaty of Waitangi and opposed the controversial seabed and foreshore legislation.
Kelsey took part in demonstrations over the 1981 Springbok tour.
Video starts with introductions. Main lecture starts at 27mins