Jane Hooker

Director of Research

Currently on leave from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Jane is a career diplomat and international lawyer. She has developed a deep understanding of diplomacy, negotiation and global affairs through her wide-ranging career in policy and legal issues.

As a PPF Fellow, Jane has been involved with the Canada-China Consultative Forum, a multi-year project looking at fresh ideas to shape the future of Canada’s relationship with China.  She also led PPF’s research into governance for learning and training for the federal public service, and worked with Indigenous partners to launch a new seminar series for senior public servants focused on reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

As a senior legal adviser, Jane has experience as counsel for bilateral and regional trade negotiations, including the Hong Kong-New Zealand and Korea-New Zealand free trade agreements and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). At the management level, she led a high-performing team of lawyers covering environmental and Law of the Sea issues, including negotiating on international fisheries management. She has also worked on international criminal law and human rights issues, including the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Jane has worked at senior levels on international defence and security issues, as well as represented New Zealand at negotiations on the definition of terrorism at the UN and at international meetings to counter terrorist financing. Jane has also undertaken a diplomatic posting to The Hague.

Jane holds a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), where she was awarded the Gold Medal as the top law graduate.

 

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