Professor Ron Paterson

Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters)

University of Auckland, New Zealand


Ron Paterson is a Professor of Law at the University of Auckland and Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He was New Zealand Health and Disability Commissioner 2000–2010 and New Zealand Parliamentary Ombudsman 2013–2016. With law degrees from Auckland and Oxford universities, he has held Fulbright and Harkness fellowships in biomedical ethics and health policy. He has researched and lectured in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Australia, and is an international expert on patients’ rights, complaints, healthcare quality and the regulation of health professions. He is Co-Editor of the textbook Health Law in New Zealand (2015) and author of The Good Doctor: What Patients Want (2012).

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Teaching (2023)