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Professor Nicola Peart holds a PhD from the University Leiden and an LLM from the University of Cape Town.

Since taking up an academic appointment at the University of Otago in 1987, much of her research has focussed on family property law, succession law and medical law. Recent publications on family property law include Peart, NS (ed), Brookers Family Law: Family Property, Thomson Reuters (2008, looseleaf, updated); “The Property (Relationships) Act 1976 and Trusts: Proposal for Reform” (2016) Victoria University of Wellington Law Review; Peart, NS and Vines P, "Intestate Succession in Australia and New Zealand", in Kenneth G C Reid, Marius J de Waal, and Reinhard Zimmermann (eds), Comparative Succession Law, volume II: Intestate Succession, chapter 15, Oxford University Press (2015); Peart, NS, and Vines, P, "Will-Substitutes in New Zealand and Australia", in A Braun and A Röthel (eds) Passing Wealth on Death, chapter 5, Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2016; "Protecting children’s interests in relationship property proceedings”(2013) 13(1) Otago Law Review 27-55. Recent publication on medical law include: "Life beyond Death: Regulating Posthumous Reproduction in New Zealand” (2015) Victoria University of Wellington Law Review; Three chapters on "Life Before Birth" in PDG Skegg and Ron Paterson (eds), Health Law in New Zealand, Wellington, Thomson Reuters, 2015 and “Human Tissue”, chapter 23 in that volume; Peart, NS, Health and Disability Research Ethics Committee in New Zealand: Will the Current System Prevent Another “Unfortunate Experiment’?" in Mark Henaghan and Jesse Wall (eds) Law, Ethics, and Medicine: Essays in Honour of Peter Skegg, chapter 9, Wellington, Thomson Reuters, 2016.