Jane Kelsey

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Jane Kelsey at Rhodes Forum 2014

Elizabeth Jane Kelsey is a professor of law at the University of Auckland and a prominent critic of globalisation.

Jane Kelsey has a LLB (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington, BCL from Oxford University, MPhil from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from the University of Auckland. 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.[1] 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 is an outspoken critic of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, of which New Zealand is a part.[2]

Kelsey took part in demonstrations over the 1981 Springbok tour.

In 2020, Kelsey won the Global category of the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards.[3]


  • Economic Fundamentalism - The New Zealand Experiment: A world model for structural adjustment?. London and East Haven: Pluto Press, 1995
  • Reclaiming the Future: New Zealand and the Global Economy. Bridget Williams Books Ltd. 1999
  • No Ordinary Deal: Unmasking the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement. ed.. Bridget Williams Books Ltd. 2010
  • The Fire Economy: New Zealand's Reckoning. Bridget Williams Books Ltd, 2015


  1. ^ Calder, Peter (15 November 2003). "Jane Kelsey". New Zealand Listener. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  2. ^ Time to release full TPP text - Kelsey. 3 News NZ. 15 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Dr Siouxsie Wiles supreme winner at Stuff-Westpac 2020 Women of Influence Awards". Stuff. 17 November 2020. Retrieved 14 December 2020.

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