Rebecca Elvin

Rebecca Elvin has worked as a Judicial Intern at the Supreme Court of the United States, a Judges’ Clerk at the High Court of New Zealand and a Legal Intern at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Originally from Tauranga, Rebecca graduated from the University of Otago with degrees in Law and Politics.

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Rebecca completed her Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies at King’s College in London. Her endeavours are accompanied by excellence and a perceptive, thoughtful originality. Rebecca has given freely of herself to community organisations in New Zealand, undertaking aid work in Thailand and the Philippines, and working at the headquarters of the International Justice Mission in Washington DC.

She was a founder of the Not Just Us Trust and organiser of the ‘Just Law: Minds Wide Open’ Conference for young lawyers held in Auckland in 2008. In 2010, she was a co-awardee of the New Zealand Law Society’s Cleary Memorial Prize for persons adjudged as giving the most promise of service to, and through, the profession.

Since winning the Blake Leader Award, Rebecca joined Oxford University to undertake a Doctorate of Philosophy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, looking at the role of judicial systems in promoting transitional justice, the rule of law, stability, peace and reconciliation.

As a leader, I try to be flexible, inquisitive, strategic, decisive, courageous, non judgmental and trustworthy. I would like to be a leader who can look beyond entrenched positions and who works to bring out the best in others. Leadership is the task of bringing people together to accomplish something beyond individual interests. ”