PhD Candidate

Ana Lenard-Sokorac

B.Laws(Hons)/B.Sc (University of Auckland), LLM (Columbia)
Postgraduate Research Student

Ana is a PhD candidate at UNSW Law, a Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland, and a dispute resolution lawyer. Her research interests include legal theory and systems, dispute resolution, professional responsibility, workers’ rights and social justice. Her doctoral project explores the role of the civil justice system, particularly alternative dispute resolution in the employment jurisdiction, in maintaining socioeconomic inequality in Aotearoa New Zealand. Ana was awarded a Fulbright Award and an Ethel Benjamin Scholarship to complete her LLM at Columbia. She graduated as a James Kent Scholar.


  • Amy Cohen
  • Fleur Johns

Area of Interest

Legal theory, legal systems, dispute resolution, alternative dispute resolution, professional responsibility, workers’ rights, social justice


  • “Lessons from teaching and learning online during the Covid-19 pandemic: how existing technologies can enhance our teaching” NZLJ (forthcoming). 

    “Lessons and opportunities for negotiation teachers following the Covid-19 pandemic” ADRJ (forthcoming).

    Purea Nei: Changing the Culture of the Legal Profession (19 December 2019) (with Allanah Colley and Bridget McLay).  

    “Home is where you make it: the ‘permanent place of abode’ test in Commissioner of Inland Revenue v Diamond” (2017) New Zealand Journal of Taxation Law and Policy 235 and (2017) 109 Taxation Today 13.

    “The Nascent Law of Cyber Blockades and Zones” (2016) 14 NZYIL 94.

    “Case Note: Diamond v Commissioner of Inland Revenue” (2016) 22 Auckland U L Rev 393. 


    New Zealand Symposium on Law and Technology: Education, Practice and Policy 2021 – “Use of technology in teaching” panellist, July 2021

    Resolution Institute – “International Women’s Day: Choosing to Challenge” panellist, March 2021

    New Zealand Law Society Continuing Professional Development – “Creating Great Workplaces Forum” presenter and panellist, June 2019

    University of Auckland Faculty of Law – “Women in the law: where are we at and where to from here?” panellist, March 2018

    Selected media

    “Purea Nei: Changing the culture of the legal profession” LawTalk 936 (7 February 2020)

    “How law firms can change their culture” LawNews (7 February 2020)

    “New Zealand’s #Metoo Law’s Power Women: 9 Women Lawyers At The Centre of New Zealand Metoo Movement” LawFuel (10 July 2018)

    “Male lawyers need to speak up about sexual harassment” The Spinoff (14 March 2018)