High Court and Court of Appeal, New Zealand
Justice Goddard studied mathematics at Victoria University of Wellington in 1983, before reading law at Oxford University in England, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He then lectured in law at Bristol University, before returning to New Zealand in 1988 to practise law. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2003. Justice Goddard was a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal from May 2011 to May 2019 and Acting President of the Tribunal from February 2018 to May 2019. He has had extensive involvement in law reform in New Zealand and overseas, advising ministers and government agencies and representing New Zealand in bilateral and multilateral negotiations. He was the Chair of the Diplomatic Session of the HCCH that adopted the HCCH 2019 Judgments Convention, Vice-President of the Diplomatic Session that adopted the HCCH 2005 Choice of Court Convention, and a member of the drafting committee for that Convention. He spent the 2018-2019 academic year at New York University as a Senior Global Fellow in the Hauser Global Law School. Justice Goddard was appointed a Judge of the High Court and Court of Appeal of New Zealand in July 2019.