Prof. Elizabeth Grierson



Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand 

An Australian Lawyer (Vic)

Professor RMIT University Melbourne Australia 

Adjunct Professor AUT New Zealand

Lawyer Editors’ Collective Council (EPAT Journal)






  • Doctor of Philosophy (Education, Auckland)
  • Juris Doctor Distinction (RMIT University) 
  • MA 1st Cl Hons (Art History Auckland)
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (College of Law Victoria)
  • BA (English Literature Auckland)
  • Diploma of Teaching (Auckland)
  • LSB Licentiate Diploma (NZ Speech Board Wellington)
  • ATCL Associate Diploma Trinity College London (University of London) 

Life Fellow of Royal Society of Arts for encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers & Commerce (UK) 


  • Significant reputation for academic management, scholarship and research, publications and conferences.
  • World Councillor of InSEA International Society of Education through Art (2006-12 two terms);
  • Represent NZ, Australia & Pacific region at World Creativity Summits, Taipei Taiwan and Newcastle UK;
  • Appointed Head of School of Art, RMIT University, Melbourne Victoria Australia (2005-2012) ‘Head-hunted’ from NZ while Associate Head of School of Art & Design, AUT University.
  • Appointed Adjunct Professor AUT.
  • Appointed Professor RMIT; leading researcher in the  Design Research Institute and Centre for Art, Society and Transformation .
  • President NZ Art Educators Association, New Zealand (2001-2005, two terms);
  • President Royal Society of Arts for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (NZ, 2003);
  • Represent New Zealand at UNESCO meetings in Fiji for arts education in Pacific Region (2002);
  • Represent New Zealand in public speaking World Finals, International Training in Communication, St Louis Missouri, USA.

LAW See gressonlaw.com 

BARRISTER at VULCAN CHAMBERS BARRISTERS AT LAW,  Vulcan Lane Auckland https://gressonlaw.com/

  • 2016-cont.  lawyer for Editors’ Collective Council  http://www.editorscollective.org.nz/ 
  • 2016-17 continuing research in law and education: cyberbullying, law of evidence, fiduciary duty in employment law, contract law, criminal law, restorative justice, defamation, intellectual property and publishing laws, women in law, refugee laws.


  • Active researcher in education, art and aesthetics, law and justice;
  • Law research in criminal jurisdiction Interlocutory Appeals;
  • Visiting Research Fellow at University of Brighton UK (1997-98);
  • Active in establishing inaugural Global Studies Association at Manchester Metropolitan University UK;
  • Active in establishing Design Research Institute and Global Cities Research Institute, RMIT;
  • Leading researcher Design Research Institute and CAST Centre for Art Society and Transformation;


  • Law and Social Justice; Criminal law, Restorative Justice, Therapeutic Jurisprudence;
  • Cyber Laws;
  • Legal history New Zealand and Australia;
  • Philosophy of Education; Continental philosophy; Art and Aesthetics.

Current research projects:

  • Transformations: art and the city (book forthcoming April 2017);
  • Jutland and Beyond (Centenary Battle of Jutland 31/05/16);
  • Politics of knowledge in education;
  • Gresson family Judges from 1856 to 1967: His Honour Justice Henry Barnes Gresson, first resident Judge of Canterbury and South Island of NZ;  His Honour Justice Sir Kenneth Gresson P, first President NZ Court of Appeal; His Honour Terence A. Gresson, youngest appointed Supreme Court Judge (now High Court) in NZ; His Honour Sir John Edward Denniston, first Judge wholly educated as a lawyer in NZ.


  • 42 books, book chapters;
  • 46 refereed journal articles;
  • 45 conference papers;
  • Editor of ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication Cultural & Policy Studies incorporated with EPAT Educational Philosophy and Theory, Routledge Taylor & Francis  http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rept20      http://www.tandfonline.com
  • Responsible for two special issues of ACCESS Journal per year.


Philosophy of Education, Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics.

  • Keen understanding of art and aesthetics both theoretically and practically;
  • Ability to bring theory and practice together in viable working relationship;
  • Exhibited artworks in New Zealand for over 20 years prior to academic management and law;
  • Built a strong reputation for compelling lectures on art and art history at the University of Auckland Department of Continuing Education: Women in Art, Women Studies, New Zealand Art;
  • Well known for advocacy of creative disciplines in education; and public speaking on art and education;
  • Strong reputation in NZ, Australia and internationally for educational work in art and aesthetics.

Doctorate supervising and examining:

  • Distinguished record of Doctorate & Master degree supervisions in NZ & Australia: RMIT, The University of Auckland, AUT;
  • Examination of Doctorate and Masters at universities in NZ: AUT, The University of Auckland, University of Canterbury, Massey University; and Australia: Monash University, University of Melbourne, James Cook University;
  • Specialises in practice-based research supervision: research of place and identity through contemporary jewellery; the body in art; urban art and the city; aesthetic knowledge and identity formations; philosophy of education focusing on Continental philosophies; art as experience John Dewey.


  • Abilities in public speaking well-known;
  • Represented New Zealand internationally in public speaking;
  • Winner of Debating contests and Best Speaker Award;
  • Invited speaker at many international conferences, symposia and events, in London, Brighton, Manchester, New York, St Louis, Munich, Viceu, Lisbon, Talin Estonia, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, Taipei, Singapore, Hong Kong, Fiji, and many locations in Australia and New Zealand.

Email contacts: elizabeth.grierson@rmit.edu.au   griersonproductions@gmail.com      gressonlaw@gmail.com