Ms Elisabeth Perham

Ms Elisabeth Perham

Associate Lecturer,
School of Law


Elisabeth joined the School of Law at Western Sydney University as an Associate Lecturer in July 2022. She is a comparative constititonal law scholar with interests in constitution making, constitutional transfers, small state constitutionalism, and gender and constitutions; as well as interests in public law in Australia and New Zealand more generally. She undertook her undergraduate law studies at Te Herenga Waka | Victoria University of Wellington, and also holds a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School, where she was a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow. Her doctoral research (at UNSW Law & Justice) focusses on the role of external constitutional advisors in constitution-making processes, with a geographic focus on small island states in Oceania.

Elisabeth teaches into public law subjects, and has experience as a tutor and teaching fellow in both Australia and New Zealand.

Elisabeth is the Associate Editor of the blog of the International Association for Constitutional Law (, and a former joint editor of the Australian Public Law Blog ( In March 2022 she was a Visiting Fellow in the Laureate Program in Comaprative Constitutional law at Melbourne Law School, and has also been a visiting researcher at the Centre for Asian Legal Studies at the National University of Singapore, and the the New Zealand Centre for Public Law at Te Herenga Waka | Victoria University of Wellington. She is a member of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at UNSW Law & Justice, and is the Deputy Director of the Centre's project on public law and public health, as well as an affiliate of the Centre's Projects on Comparative Constitutional Law, and Constitutionalism from the Global South. She is an Advisory Committee member on the ICON-S Australia New Zealand Chapter. She was also the founding Co-Director of the Pathways to Politics Program for Women (NSW) at UNSW (, and remains on the Advisory Committee for that program.

Prior to commencing her postgraduate studies, Elisabeth worked as Judge's clerk at Te Kooti Piira o Aotearoa | New Zealand Court of Appeal, as a management consultant, and as a legal policy officer for the NSW Government.

This information has been contributed by Ms Perham.


  • LLM Harvard (USA)
  • BA (Hons) Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)
  • BLaws (Hons) Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)
  • BA Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Association of Constitutional Law (2019)
  • New Zealand Association of Comparative Law (2014)
  • International Society of Public Law (2018)


  • Comparative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • International Human Rights Law

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Law


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Journal Articles

  • Angelo, T., Perham, E. and Lau, Y. (2021), 'Niue in New Zealand legislation', Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, vol 52, no 2 , pp 245 - 284.
  • Perham, E. (2021), 'Women as constitution-makers : case studies from the new democratic era', International Journal of Constitutional Law, vol 19, no 2 , pp 763 - 768.
  • Frankenberg, G. and Perham, E. (2020), 'Comparative Constitutional Studies : Between Magic and Deceit [Book review]', Public Law, vol 2 .
  • Angelo, T. and Perham, E. (2015), 'Let te reo speak : granting legal personality to te reo Maori', Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, vol 46, no 4 , pp 1081 - 1110.
  • Perham, E. (2015), 'Maori fisheries', Maori Law Review, vol May 2015 .
  • Perham, E. (2013), 'A solution for the Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism : a 'fourth' option to obviate the need for a fourth decade?', New Zealand Yearbook of International Law, vol 11 , pp 3 - 36.
  • Perham, E. (2011), 'Citizenship laws in the Realm of New Zealand', New Zealand Yearbook of International Law, vol 9 , pp 219 - 240.
  • Angelo, T. and Perham, E. (2010), 'The report of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee on New Zealand's relationship with South Pacific countries', New Zealand Yearbook of International Law, vol 8 , pp 181 - 194.

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