Geoff McLay

General Editor, New Zealand Law Reports

Geoff McLay practices as a barrister and is a member of the New Zealand Law Society and the New Zealand Bar Association. He served as a Law Commissioner at the New Zealand Law Commission 2010-2015 where he led a large number of projects,  served on the board of a Crown entity, and generally looked after the excellent staff that helped them in their work. As general editor of the New Zealand Law Reports, Geoff manages the submission and content currency of the 18-part report series, ensuring the accuracy of all case reviews and commentary and court decisions for subscribers.

Since 1995, Geoff has been a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. He was a visiting Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law teaching torts and advanced torts and product liability (1998, 2001 and 2006) and also taught advanced torts at the University of Western Ontario (Winter 2002). At Victoria University he teaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses including torts, advanced torts, intellectual property, competition (antitrust) law, comparative constitutional law, and ethics and is currently teaching torts and equity.

Geoff grew up in Porirua, and has lived in Wellington for most of his adult life. His has three children with his wife Helen, and lives on Wrights Hill in Karori, not far from Zealandia.  He is an avid New Zealand cricket fan, a "so-so" mountain biker, a fan of history and biographies, and is slowly learning Te Reo, and relearning Latin.


  • BA and LLB (Hons) (First Class) from Victoria University of Wellington
  • LLM and SJD from the University of Michigan. His thesis at Michigan was on the history of Crown Liability in the Empire and was supervised by the late AWB (Brian) Simpson