Ursula Cheer - School of Law - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Professor Ursula Cheer

Dean of Law



  • LLB Hons University of Canterbury (1982)
  • LLM Cambridge, United Kingdom (1990)
  • PhD (Law) University of Canterbury (2009)

Contact Details

Room 303B Business and Law
Phone: +64 3 369 3799
Extension: 93799

Postal address

School of Law
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand


Ursula Cheer joined Canterbury as a Lecturer in Law in 1995 after working in private practice and in the civil service as a legal adviser to the Prime Minister and to the Lord Chancellor in the United Kingdom. She obtained an LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Canterbury in 1982, followed by a Master of Laws by exam and thesis on Civil Liberties and Censorship from Cambridge University, United Kingdom, in 1990. In 2009, Ursula was awarded a PhD from Canterbury for her thesis entitled: Reality and Myth: The New Zealand Media and the Chilliing Effect of Defamation Law.

Ursula teaches Torts, Contract, New Zealand Bill of Rights and Media Law, as well as lectures on privacy for Social Workers and on media in the Natural Disaster Law Course. She also teaches media law to journalism students enrolled for the Diploma in Journalism.

Ursula's research interests lie in a combination of Torts, such as Defamation, Freedom of Expression and the New Zealand Bill of Rights, and the broad range of topics making up Media Law, such as Privacy, Court Reporting and Contempt, Confidentiality, Copyright and regulatory systems such as the Broadcasting Standards Authority and the Press Council.

Active Research

  • Defamation law
  • Privacy
  • General media law issues
  • Censorship

Curriculum Vitae

Research Profile