We are greatly saddened to record the death of Justice Sir Robert Chambers who died on 21 May 2013 at the age of 59. Justice Chambers graduated from The University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Laws in 1975, before coming to Oxford where he took his DPhil in Law at New College, Oxford, graduating in 1978. He returned to his native New Zealand where he lectured at the Auckland Law School and started his career at the Bar. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1992. He became a Judge of the High Court in 1999 and a Judge of the Court of Appeal in 2004. Justice Chambers was appointed to the Supreme Court in December 2011.
Andrew Stockley, Dean of the Auckland Law School writes: “New Zealand has lost an outstanding jurist who had much more to contribute. Sir Robert Chambers had only recently been appointed to New Zealand’s highest court and his death is an immense loss to the judiciary and legal profession. Throughout his career Justice Chambers made a valuable contribution to legal writing, contributing chapters to Salmond and Heuston on the Law of Torts and to the Law of Torts in New Zealand. He was a great friend of the Auckland Law School and retained considerable affection for Oxford. He was the first person to donate to the FMB Reynolds Scholarship, recently established to help fund a New Zealand law student undertake postgraduate study in Oxford.”


(c) Lydia Arnold