Former Halifax student lands a leading legal role in New Zealand

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Kris Gledhill has been appointed as the inagural director of the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law.

The former Highlands Grammar School pupil, was a London barrister and worked as a consultant to the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission, for the Special Court of Sierra Leone and as a consultatant for the International Centre for transnational Justice.

He moved to New Zealand in 2006 to undertake a PhD course, having developed an appellate criminal and public law practice in England which included numerous appearances in precedent setting cases in the House of Lords and Court of Appeal.

Kris, who has a particular interest in forensic risk assessment and the regulation of its use in the legal arena, is the son of former Halifax MP Alice Mahon.

He accepted a lectureship at Auckland University Law School in 2007 and maintains his English practice on a part-time basis.