Janet McLean

LAPA Visiting Fellow, 2010-2011
Professor of Law
The University of Auckland

Janet McLean is a public and administrative lawyer. Before returning to Auckland she held the Chair in Law and Governance at the University of Dundee. She has held visiting fellowships at Woodrow Wilson School of Politics and International Affairs and the Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University (2009), and at The Australian National University (2001) and was the George P. Smith Distinguished Visiting Professor at Indiana University at Bloomington (2003). She has acted as an advisor to the NZ government serving on the Legislation Advisory Committee and on a ministerial inquiry into Human Rights Protection in New Zealand (2000). Her research interests include the public private distinction, the nature of the Crown, and Bills of Rights. She is currently completing a monograph entitled Searching for the State in British Legal Thought (Cambridge University Press). With Dame Alison Quentin–Baxter she is working on a Law Foundation funded project about the Queen and Governor-General in Right of New Zealand.


1999      McLEAN, J. Property and the Constitution, 1999, Hart Publishing, Oxford 1999 261pp 

2009    McLEAN, J. “Damages and Human Rights: A Changing Relationship Between Citizen and State?” 17 (2009) Annual Review of Law and Ethics 289-307

2008    McLEAN, J. “Crown Him With Many Crowns: The Crown and the Treaty of Waitangi” (2008) 6 NZ Journal of Public and International Law 35-58; Also appears in C Geiringer & D Knight, Seeing the World Whole: Essays in Honour of Sir Kenneth Keith, Victoria University Press, Wellington 2008 48-68

2008    McLEAN, J. “The Impact of the Bill of Rights in Administrative Law Revisited:    Rights Utility and Administration” [2008] N Z Law Review 377-408

2005      McLEAN, J. “Divergent Legal Conceptions of the State: Implications for Global Administrative Law” in B. Kingsbury and R. Stewart (eds) Special Issue Globalisation and Administrative Law, 68 Law and Contemporary Problems 167

[Also appears as Institute for International Law and Justice NYU School of Law Jean Monnet Working Paper 2005/2 Global Administrative Law series and republished in special collection A. Usha (ed) Administrative Law: Issues and Perspectives Amicas Books India 2008 26-53 ]

 2004      ASHTON T., CUMMING J., McLEAN, J. “Contracting for Health Services in a Public Health System: the New Zealand Experience” 69/1 Health Policy 21-31

 2004      McLEAN, J. “The Transnational Corporation in History: Lessons for Today?” 79/2 Indiana Law Journal 363-377

 2004      McLEAN, J. “From Empire to Globalisation: the New Zealand Experience” 11 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 161-181

 2004      McLEAN, J. “The Crown in Contract and Administrative Law” (2004) 24 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 129-154

 2002      McLEAN, J. “The Transformation from Government to State:  Globalisation and Governments as Legal Persons” 10 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 173-197

 2002      McLEAN, J. “Rights on Appeal, Legal Aid and Administration” [2002] Public Law 415-421

 2001      McLEAN, J. “Legislative Invalidation, Human Rights Protection and s 4 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act” [2001] New Zealand Law Review 421-448

[Republished in special collection M. Tushnet (ed), Bills of Rights Ashgate 2006 ]  

 2001      McLEAN, J. “The Ordinary Law of Tort and Contract and the New Public Management”, [2001] Common Law World Review 387-412

 2001      McLEAN, J. and ASHTON, T. “Quasi-Markets and Pseudo Contracts in the New Zealand Public Health System” 10 Otago Law Review 17-38

 1999      McLEAN, J. “Personality and Public Law Doctrine” 49 University of Toronto Law Journal 123-149

 1996      McLEAN, J. “Contracting in the Privatised and Corporatised Environment” (1996) Public Law Review 223-232

 1992      McLEAN, J., RISHWORTH P., and TAGGART, M., “The Impact of the Bill of Rights on Administrative Law” in Legal Research Foundation, The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, August 1992, 62-97


1992      McLEAN, J. “New Zealand’s Resource Management Act 1991: Process with Purpose?” (1992) 7 Otago Law Review 538-555 

2010    RISHWORTH, P. &  McLEAN, J ., “Human Rights Obligations in the Private Sector: Reflections on YL v Birmingham City Council and the Meaning of ‘Public Function’” in C Forsyth et al , Effective Judicial Review: A Cornerstone of Good Governance OUP 2009 101-119



2008    McLEAN, J. “Public Function Tests: Bringing Back the State?” in D Dyzenhaus, M Hunt and G Huscroft, A Simple Common Lawyer: Essays in Honour of Mike Taggart (Hart, Oxford, 2008) 185-207


2008    McLean, J. “The Crown in the Courts: Can Political Theory Help?” in L Pearson, C Harlow and M Taggart (eds) Administrative Law in a Changing State: Essays in Honour of Mark Aronson (Hart Oxford 2008) 161-184


2005      McLEAN, J. “Problems of Translation; the State in Domestic and International Public Law and Beyond” in H. Charlesworth, M. Chiam, D. Hovell and G. Williams (eds), The Fluid State: International Law and National Legal Systems Federation Press, Sydney,  2005, 210-228


2005      McLEAN, J. “Roadblocks, Restraints and Remedies: the Idea of Progress in Administrative Law” in G. Huscroft and M. Taggart (eds), Inside and Outside Canadian Administrative Law University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 2006 211-239 

 2005      McLEAN, J. “New Public Management New Zealand Style” in A.Tomkins and P. Craig (eds), The Executive and Public Law: Power and Accountability in Comparative Perspective OUP, Oxford, 2006, 124-160

 2003      McLEAN, J. “On Schauer’s Convergence of Rules and Standards” in R. Bigwood (ed), The Statute: Making and Meaning, Butterworths Wellington, 2003,  43-49


2001      McLEAN, J. “Making More or Less of Binding Referendums and Citizen Initiated Referendums” in C. James (ed), Building the Constitution, Institute of Policy Studies Wellington, 2001


1999      McLEAN, J. “Property as Power and Resistance” in J. McLean (ed), Property and the Constitution,  Hart Publishing Oxford 1999, 1-10


1997      McLEAN, J. “Intermediate Associations and the Statein M. Taggart (ed), The Province of Administrative Law, Hart Publishing Oxford 1997, 160-170


1997      McLEAN, J. “Administrative Law and the Constitution: The Contribution of Lord Cooke” in P. Rishworth (ed), The Struggle for Simplicity in the Law: Essays For Lord Cooke of Thorndon, Butterworths Wellington 1997, 221-234


1996      McLEAN, J. “The Contracting State”, in M. Peters (ed), Critical Theory, Post-structuralism and the Social Context, Dunmore Press 1996, 212-229


1996      McLEAN, J. “Forensic Psychiatry and the Constitution”, in W. Brookbanks (ed), Forensic Psychiatry and the Law, Brookers 1996, 117-133


1995      McLEAN, J. “Equality and Antidiscrimination Law: Are They The Same?” in G. Huscroft and P. Rishworth (eds), Rights and Freedoms in New Zealand, Brookers 1995, 263-296


1995      McLEAN, J. “Discrimination” in McKay and McCartney (eds), Mazengarb‘s Employment Law, (commentary on the Human Rights Act 1993) Butterworths 1995, J/i-J283


 2004      ASHTON, T., CUMMING, J., McLEAN, J., McKINLAY, M., FAE, E. Contracting for Health Services: Lessons from New Zealand WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific ISBN 92 9081 067 0 88pp


2000      McLEAN, J. Discussion Paper: Re-evaluation of the Human Rights Protections in New Zealand, Ministry of Justice (with P.COOPER, W. MANSFIELD, and P. HUNT) 118 pp esp 27-53