New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law (NZCEL)

Working For Sustainability


The NZCEL conducts legal and interdisciplinary research into environmental law and governance, including its conceptual foundations, implementation and enforcement. New Zealand’s environmental legislation is among the most advanced in the world and many of NZCEL’s activities are focused on sustainability issues. NZCEL has pioneered the field of sustainable development law, integrating environmental, social, cultural and economic policies on the basis of ecological integrity. These activities have been advanced through participation by its members in international and national conferences and symposia, by internationally published books and articles, and by production of the New Zealand Journal of Environmental Law and the NZCEL monograph series.

The NZCEL also coordinates a very extensive environmental law postgraduate programme at the University of Auckland Faculty of Law. The programme has a wide range of subjects taught as intensive courses or semester-long courses and supervisions of a large number of Masters and PhD students. Our programme involves the active participation of PhD students in dedicated subject areas, research projects and other activities. Academic members of NZCEL are well recognised leaders in their fields, representing a wide spectrum of research interests.

PhD students are particularly encouraged in the following areas:

  • International environmental law and governance;
  • Sustainability law and the precautionary approach;
  • Constitutional frameworks for sustainability;
  • Human rights and the environment;
  • Climate change and energy law (international and comparative);
  • Biodiversity law (international and comparative);
  • New Zealand resource management and environmental law;
  • Environmental law and indigenous peoples.

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