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Petra Butler

Petra Butler


Dr Petra Butler is associate professor at Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law and co-director of the Centre for Small States at Queen Mary University of London. She is qualified as a lawyer in Germany and New Zealand. 

Petra teaches and publishes in the areas of domestic and international human rights, public and private comparative law, and private international law with an emphasis on international commercial contracts. In addition, she teaches and consults on the law of unjust enrichment. She advises public and private clients in her areas of her expertise and has been involved in some of New Zealand’s recent high-profile cases. She is a member of a number of advisory boards of human rights NGOs.

She is New Zealand’s CLOUT correspondent for the CISG and the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts.

Petra has held visiting appointments around the world, inter alia, at the Chinese University of Political Science and Law (Beijing), the University of Melbourne, Bucerius Law School (Hamburg), Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona), Hamid bin Khalifa University (Doha) and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (Chicago).