Dr George Barker, is Director of the Centre for Law and Economics at the Australian National University and Past President of the Australian Law and Economics Association. He was awarded the Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics at Cornell University in 2000. He gained a PhD in Economics from Oxford University 1992, and earned both a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Economics. He is on the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Law and Economics and is the editor of Asia Pacific Law and Economics Review (ANU Electronic Press). He is the past CEO, and a Board member of LECG NZ Ltd and co-founder of Celtic Pacific NZ Ltd, and Upstart Investments which focus on nurturing, and investment in, newly formed high-technology ventures.


Professor Meiring de Villiers. Professor Meiring de Villiers has a Phd in economics from Stanford University and is an expert in valuation techniques. Professor de Villiers is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Univ. of New South Wales. Qualifications: PhD (Math. Econ.), MA (Econ), Juris D. (Stanford), BSc Elec Eng (U/Pretoria). Research and publications in corporate finance, Law & Economics.


Dr Ben Freyens, (BEc, (ULB), PhD (ANU)), joined LECA in 2009 as a research fellow. Prior to this Ben was a statistician-economist at Eurostat (1995-2000) and later lectured economics at Deakin University and University of New South Wales.


Ms Johanna Kuila is a Director of Law and Economics Consulting Associates Ltd. Ms Kuila has a Masters of Social and Public Administration from Brunel University UK, and BA from Victoria University Wellington. Ms Kuila has had extensive experience in New Zealand and NSW government management positions, particularly in the development of strategic policy relating to health financing policy, disability policy, housing policy, and pension design. She has been involved in large scale public sector reforms across housing, disability, welfare and health. She has also had responsibility for planning for social services, including managing the collection and analysis of minimum data sets, developing expenditure plans, and managing a $A600m programme in the NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care. Ms Kuila’s publications include a 1993 article in the Social Policy Journal of New Zealand - “Integrating Government assistance for Accommodation” and her thesis, submitted in partial fulfilment of MA in Public and Social Administration, was entitled Compensating for the Loss Suffered by Disabled People.


Dr Tim Maloney has a PhD in Economics, MA in Economics, and BS in Economics, Mathematics and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is currently Professor and Chair of Economics at AUT. Dr Maloney has held positions in the Economics Departments at the University of Missouri (1983-1987). Bowdoin College (1987-1991) and the University of Auckland (1991-2010). He has served as an Economic Advisor to the NZ Treasury, a Researcher at the Institute of Policy Studies in Wellington, and a Visiting Professor at Institute for Research on Poverty and the Economics Department at the University of Wisconsin. Dr Maloney has also served as a consultant for various Government Ministries in New Zealand since 1991. Dr Maloney’s particular research interests include labour supply and demand; job turnover, search and matching; human capital, screening and the economics of education; minimum wages; social welfare programmes; policy evaluation; economic reform; and trade unions and industrial relations policy.

Dr Atat Li Kim Mui is a Senior Consultant with over twenty years of experience developing and implementing corporate and operations strategy for clients in the public and private sector. Atat was the recipient of the Trinity College bursary in Cambridge University UK and a scholarship from the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Sydney. Atat was a senior engagement manager at Booz Allen and has worked in many industries including rail, shipping, utilities, aviation, mining, engineering and financial services. Atat holds a Diploma in Company Directorship and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Atat was previously responsible for strategy and planning for AMP Financial Services.


Professor John C. Panzar from the United States. John C. Panzar originally developed, and has worked for many years to elaborate the appropriate rule for setting economically efficient access prices known as the efficient-component pricing rule, or ECPR. John C. Panzar is the Louis W. Menk Professor of Economics and Transportation at Northwestern University where is a member of the Northwestern Transportation Center. He is also a Professor at Auckland University New Zealand, where he spends half the year and can be readily available for consultations. Mr. Panzar has consulted extensively on regulatory policy issues, has served as an economic consultant to the US Department of Transportation, the World Bank, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He has testified before the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Justice, the Postal Rate Commission, the Congress of the United States, and Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission. He has served as Chair (1988-1992), and Director of Graduate Studies (1984-1988; 1993- present), of the Economics Department at Northwestern. He was head of the Economic Analysis Research Department at Bell Telephone Laboratories and is Associate Editor of the "Journal of Regulatory Economics". His research activities have been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, the Mellon Foundation and the Ameritech Foundation.