Commander Chris Griggs, RNZN (Retd)
ANCORS Honorary Senior Fellow Chris Griggs is a barrister and international legal consultant practising from the Wellington chambers of Barristers.Comm in New Zealand. He acts for a broad range of clients in New Zealand and overseas on a range of civil and criminal matters, both at the domestic and international level. He is a member of the List of Counsel at the International Criminal Court and was appointed by the International Committee of the Red Cross to peer review its commentary on the Second Geneva Convention in 2016. Prior to joining the independent bar, Chris was a senior legal officer in the Royal New Zealand Navy. He has held a number of operational legal advisor roles at sea and ashore, including a deployment in a U.S. Navy carrier battle group. His last military appointment in the rank of commander was as Chief Legal Advisor at Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand, which is responsible for mounting, commanding and supporting all operations of the New Zealand Defence Force, including operations in Afghanistan, counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa and various smaller missions in the Western Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.
Chris is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War. He holds a Master of Law specialising in international law from the University of Cambridge in England and a Master of Arts in defence and strategic studies from Massey University in New Zealand, both of which were obtained with first class honours. He has published a number of articles on maritime and international legal topics and is a regular invited speaker at international conferences.
Chris lives in a seaside village just north of Wellington with his wife and two daughters.