Sir Anand Satyanand appointed a Distinguished Fellow at the Law School

09 September 2013
Sir Anand Satyanand
Sir Anand Satyanand

One of the Auckland Law School’s most prominent alumni, Sir Anand Satyanand, has accepted appointment as a Distinguished Fellow in the Law Faculty.

Sir Anand was the 19th Governor-General of New Zealand and has been a lawyer, judge and Ombudsman. He obtained his LL.B. degree from Auckland in 1970 and then worked as a lawyer for the next twelve years, including in the Crown Solicitor’s Office and as a partner in Shieff Angland, where he specialised in Criminal Law, Revenue Law and Judicial Review cases. During this time he was a member of the Criminal Law Reform Committee and the District Court Rules Committee. He also served on the Council of the Auckland District Law Society.

Sir Anand was appointed a District Court judge in 1982. While a judge he was involved in the development of judicial orientation and professional education programmes, and served as Chairman of the Prison Board and a member of the National Parole Board.

In 1995 Sir Anand was appointed as a Parliamentary Ombudsman, a position he held for ten years. He was subsequently New Zealand’s Governor-General from 2006 to 2011. Sir Anand was the first Governor-General with Indian and Pacific ancestry and the first Roman Catholic Governor-General. He has recently been appointed Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation.

Dean Andrew Stockley welcomed Sir Anand’s appointment as a Distinguished Fellow of the Auckland Law School: “Sir Anand is a great friend and supporter of the Law School. He has been Patron of our fundraising appeal and many of the staff remember his having spent time in the Faculty as a visiting District Court Judge.”

Sir Anand was welcomed back to the Faculty at the staff morning tea on 26 August. He will spend two days a month at the Law School during term time and is looking forward to interacting with staff and students. He will take part in the lecture and seminar programmes at the Law School and will be able to offer insights from his time in legal practice, as a judge, Ombudsman and Governor-General. Sir Anand has a keen interest in debating and public speaking and won the Stout Shield, the Auckland Law School’s premier mooting competition, when a law student. He looks forward to helping judge student competitions and to assisting with the Law School’s legal writing programme. As a Distinguished Fellow, he will also have the opportunity to advance his own writing during the periods he spends at the Law School.