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The Reverend Dr Noel Cox is a New Zealand-born lawyer and Church in Wales priest. He is a specialist in constitutional law and ecclesiastical law. He was Professor of Law at Aberystwyth University from 2010 to 2014 and Head of the Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University 2010-2013.

The Reverend Dr Noel Cox
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Occupation lawyer

Academic Career[edit]

He holds the degrees of LLB, LLM, MTheol, MA, PhD, as well as an LTh, a Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Teaching and a Certificate in Tertiary Teaching. He is also a FRHistS.

His main field of research interest is constitutional law (mainly aspects of the Crown, and ecclesiastical law). His work has been published in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, the Netherlands, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. He has presented conference papers in Australia, England, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United States of America, and Wales. He has taught in New Zealand, the Czech Republic, Poland and the United Kingdom.

Cox was Professor of Law, and 2004-2009 Head of the Department of Law, of the Faculty of Business and Law, at the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge (St Edmund's College and Wolfson College) and The Australian National University. He taught for a decade at the Auckland University of Technology before moving to the United Kingdom.

From 2010 to 2014 he was Professor of Law (and Head of the Department of Law and Criminology 2010-2013) at Aberystwyth University, Wales.

Legal career[edit]

He is a barrister. He was admitted and enrolled as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand 1988, admitted and enrolled as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales 1999, admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Tasmania 1999, registered as a Practitioner of the Supreme Court of South Australia 1999, registered as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory 2001, admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria 2004, admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland 2004, and registered as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory 2004. He was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple 2011.

Prior to moving to the United Kingdom he was a member of the Council of the Auckland District Law Society (ADLS). He was also formerly long-serving Convener of the Public Issues Committee [1] of the ADLS, and has commented in the media on matters of legal importance [2] , especially constitutional law questions.[3] He maintained a practise as a barrister alongside his academic career.

Church life[edit]

Dr Cox was an ordinand in the Diocesan Training Programme of the Diocese of Auckland, Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia 2009-2010, and Sacristan at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Auckland 2009-2010. From 2010 he was an ordinand in the Diocese of St Davids, Church in Wales, having moved to the United Kingdom. He was ordained a deacon in St David's Cathedral 30th June 2012 by the Right Reverend Wyn Evans, the 128th Bishop of St David's, and is serving his title in the diocese as Non Stipendiary Assistant Curate in St Padarn's Church, Llanbadarn Fawr (since 2013, in the Group Benefice of Llanbadarn Fawr and Elerch and Penrhyncoch and Capel Bangor). Father Cox was ordained a priest 29th June 2013. [4]

Personal life[edit]

Noel Cox was also Chairman of the Monarchist League of New Zealand (now Monarchy New Zealand), 2000-2010.[5] He regularly comments in the media about issues pertaining to the Crown and the monarchy.[6][7][8][9][10][11]

He received the Advanced Certificate of The Heraldry Society, and holds membership in various heraldic and academic dress associations, including HonCIL and FCIL, FFASL, FBS and FIAAH.

The Reverend Dr Cox is a member of the following organisations: Commonwealth Lawyers Association, the Burgon Society (Fellow), Legal Research Foundation, Monarchy New Zealand Inc (Fellow), Credo Cymru, The Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society, The Royal Historical Society (Fellow), The Society of Legal Scholars, The Ecclesiastical Law Society, the International Association of Amateur Heralds (Fellow), the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, Affirming Catholicism, The University of Auckland Legacy Society, the Society of King Charles the Martyr, The University of Wales Guild of Graduates, The Mission Society of St Wilfrid and St Hilda, the International Commission and Association on Nobility, the Irish Peers’ Association (Associate Member), the Centre for Law and Religion (Distinguished Academic Associate), and l'Académie Européenne des Sciences des Arts et des Lettres (Corresponding Member).

He has the Grand Cordon of the Royal and Hashemite Order of the Pearl of the Sultanate of Sulu (since 16th August 2011)[12] and is Legal Advisor to the Royal House. He is Legal Adviser of the Association of the Envoys Extraordinary of the Royal Lao Government in Exile (under approval of HRH Crown Prince Soulivong Savang, Head of the Lao Royal Family, and under guidance of His Excellency Professor Khamphoui Sisavatdy, Prime Minister of the Royal Lao Government in Exile) 2014, and a Knight, Order of Civic Merit (2014). He is a member of The St John Cymru-Wales Council for Ceredigion.

Dr Cox also had a minor role, as Councillor Riggs, in the Stephanie Linus film "Dry".


His major publications include:

A series of monographs republish the majority of his refereed journal articles and book chapters, as well as some other legal publications:

In addition, he is the author of some 57 refereed journal articles, 20 book chapters, and over 150 other articles. The works are in the fields of constitutional law, legal history, ecclesiastical law and theology. He has also written extensively on aspects of heraldry and Orders of Chivalry.


  1. ^ ADLS - Committee Members
  2. ^ NZCity - Unfair trials feared by lawyers
  3. ^ Fairfax - Taser shouldn't be rushed - committee
  4. ^ Church in Wales - clergy database
  5. ^ Official website - Biography - Officers Held
  6. ^ New Zealand Herald - We Are Not Amused By Poll
  7. ^ TVNZ - Queen Arrives In New Zealand
  8. ^ WikiNews - Interview with Noel Cox
  9. ^ Royal Absence Disappoints Some - The Dominion Post
  10. ^ The Dominion Post - Time to cut the Last Apron Strings?
  11. ^ TVNZ - National Party Policy Proposals
  12. ^ [Rules relating to the Acceptance and Wearing of Commonwealth, Foreign and International Honours by New Zealand Citizens, 23 July 2007: 21. Honours conferred by the head of a former reigning Royal House of a foreign country. No approval is required for the acceptance and wearing of an honour conferred by the head of a former reigning Royal House of a foreign country as a personal honour. Such honours are worn at the discretion of the recipient, but may not be worn on an official uniform.]


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