New Zealand

Samuel Beswick

Samuel Beswick

B.Com., The University of Auckland
LL.B. (Hons), The University of Auckland
LL.M., Harvard Law School

New Zealand | Harvard Law School, Doctor of Juridical Science

Sam is interested in the intersection of private and public law. His thesis explores recent developments in tort and restitution actions against the state for legislative error. Sam commenced his career as a Judges’ Clerk at the High Court of New Zealand, and practiced as a solicitor and Junior Crown Counsel at Meredith Connell, Auckland, and as a government litigation lawyer in London, U.K. 


Danielle Duffield

B.A. in Politics, University of Otago
LL.B. (First Class Honours), University of Otago

New Zealand | Harvard Law School, LLM

Having co-founded and served as the president of the New Zealand Animal Law Association, Danielle will focus her studies at Harvard on animal law. She is particularly interested in the development of international animal law, the enforcement of animal welfare law, and legal change strategies. She will also study courses in human rights, social movements, and legal theory.

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Louis Gerdelan

M.A. (First Class Honours) in History, The University of Auckland
B.A. (First Class Honours) in History, The University of Auckland
LL.B., The University of Auckland

New Zealand | Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Ph.D. in Early Modern European History

Louis has wide-ranging historical interests but his main focus at Harvard is early modern cultural and intellectual history.  In particular, he examines the ways in which people in a number of European countries in this period attempted to understand and respond to large-scale calamities and disasters.  His other research interests include Renaissance festivals and polemical pamphlet literature.... Read more about Louis Gerdelan

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Meili Han

B.Com. (First Class Honours) in Finance and Economics, University of Auckland

New Zealand | Harvard Business School, Master of Business Administration

As part of her MBA, Meili will study a wide range of business leadership practices. One particular area of interest for Meili is international business. She hopes to use the skills and knowledge she develops at Harvard Business School to create a more interconnected global business environment. 

Andrew McIndoe

Andrew McIndoe

B.A. (First Class Honours) in History and Political Studies, The University of Auckland
LL.B. (Honours), The University of Auckland

New Zealand | Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies

While at Harvard, Andrew is studying aspects of the modern Middle East from diverse disciplinary perspectives including history, political science, religious studies and law. In particular, he focuses on the formation and development of the modern state and its institutions in the Arab Middle East, as well as the interconnection between land, law, and conflict - especially in Israel-Palestine.


Elisabeth Perham

LL.B. (First Class Honours), Victoria University of Wellington
B.A. (First Class Honours) in German and History, Victoria University of Wellington

New Zealand | Harvard Law School, LLM


While at Harvard, Elisabeth intends to focus on comparative constitutional law and public international law. She is particularly interested in how the law can be used to enable and support self-determined development. Elisabeth began her career as a Judge’s Clerk at the Court of Appeal of New Zealand. She has also worked as a management consultant, and as a legal policy advisor in Government.