Susan Glazebrook

Dame Susan Gwynfa Mary Glazebrook DNZM (born 8 February 1956) is a judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand.

Dame Susan Glazebrook
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Glazebrook in 2014
Justice of the Supreme Court
Assumed office
6 August 2012
Preceded bySir Peter Blanchard
Judge of the Court of Appeal
In office
24 May 2002 – 6 August 2012
Personal details
Born (1956-02-08) 8 February 1956 (age 66)
Bowdon, Cheshire, England
(m. 1992)
Alma materUniversity of Auckland
University of Oxford

Early life, family and educationEdit

Born in Bowdon, Cheshire, England, on 8 February 1956, Glazebrook emigrated to New Zealand with her family in 1962,[1] and she became a naturalised New Zealand citizen in 1978.[2] She was educated at Tauranga Girls' College, before going on to study at the University of Auckland, where she gained a Bachelor of Arts in 1975, a Master of Arts with first-class honours in history in 1978, and an LLB(Hons) in 1980.[1] She later completed a DipBus (Finance) at the same institution in 1994.[1] In 1988, Glazebrook obtained a DPhil from the University of Oxford in French legal history;[1][3] her doctoral thesis was titled Justice in transition: crime, criminals and criminal justice in revolutionary Rouen, 1790–1800.[4]

In 1992, Glazebrook married former New Zealand rugby union representative Greg Kane, and the couple went on to have two children together.[1]


Glazebrook worked as a junior lecturer in history at the University of Auckland in 1976, 1978 and 1979.[1] Between 1981 and 1983, she was based in Rouen, France, where she worked with a government-funded body responsible for the resettlement of refugees in France.[1] In 1984, she was a research assistant under Sir Keith Sinclair and a tutor in history at the University of Auckland.[1] She was a part-time lecturer in commercial law at Auckland from 1991 to 1994.[1]

Glazebrook joined legal firm Simpson Grierson in 1986, and became a partner in 1988.[1][3] She was a member of various commercial boards and government advisory committees, and served as president of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, in 1998.[1]

Glazebrook was appointed a judge of the High Court of New Zealand on 14 December 2000, having served until that time as temporary judge of that court.[5] She was appointed to the Court of Appeal on 24 May 2002.[6]

On 6 August 2012, Glazebrook was appointed to the Supreme Court.[7]


In the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours, Glazebrook was appointed a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to the judiciary.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Taylor, Alister, ed. (2001). "New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa 2001". New Zealand Who's Who, Aotearoa. Auckland: Alister Taylor Publishers: 373–374. ISSN 1172-9813.
  2. ^ "New Zealand, naturalisations, 1843–1981". Operations. 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b "New Appeal Court chief". The New Zealand Herald. 14 May 2002. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Catalogue search". SOLO. University of Oxford. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  5. ^ 2000 "Appointment of temporary Judge made permanent" (30 November 2000) New Zealand Gazette Online 4144, Notice 9736; retrieved 7 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Appointment of Judge of Court of Appeal, the Hon Susan G M Glazebrook" (30 May 2002) New Zealand Gazette Online 1509, Notice 3523; retrieved 7 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Appointment of Judge of the Supreme Court" (2 August 2002) New Zealand Gazette Online 2540, Notice 4855; retrieved 7 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2014". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2018.