Faculty of Law

Academic staff specialisations

Below is a list of all academic staff members and the areas in which they are usually able to offer research supervision.

Academic Staff

Specialisations Notes  

Bosselmann, Klaus


Global environmental constitutionalism;

International and Comparative Environmental Law;

Goverance of commons and markets;

NZ constitutional development;

Human rights and the environment;

Legal theory and jurispurdence.

On research and study leave 1 July to 31 December 2017 and unavailable for supervision during this period.

Charters, Claire


Treaty of Waitangi legal issues; Comparative law and indigenous issues, especially vis a vis NZ, Canada, USA, Australia;

International law and indigenous issues; Human rights and indigenous issues;

The relationship between indigenous customary law and mainstream law; Political theory and law relevant to Indigenous peoples;

Critical race theory;

Third world approaches to international law.


Dawson, Francis



Sale of Goods;

Sale of Land.


Devonshire, Peter


Equity (principles/theory);



Property (including personal property).



Dunworth, Treasa


Public International Law;

International Institutions;

International Peace and Security;

International Humanitarian Law; Disarmament;

South Pacific Legal Issues.


Elliffe, Craig





International taxation;

Corporate taxation;

Taxation of trusts and non-corporate entities;

Tax avoidance;

Tax reform including capital gains tax.


Erueti, Andrew



Foster, Caroline


Public international law; 

Public interests and private actors in international law;

National/international regulatory interfaces;

Trade and environment; Investment and environment;

Oceans issues; Science and international law;

International environmental law & harm to shared resources;

International dispute settlement


Grinlinton, David


Land law including indefeasibility issues;

Mining, energy and natural resources law;

Resource management including ‘sustainability’;

Commercial leases;

Housing law and policy.


Harker, Julia


Resource management law;

Climate change law;

Local goverment law;

Land law;

Transportation law


Harris, Bruce


Constitutional law;

Administrative law


Havelock, Rohan


Equity; Unjust Enrichment; Restitution; Contract



Hertogen, An

Public International law;

International economic law;

Consumer law; PPSA

Hodge, Bill Employment Law  
Hood, Anna

Public International Law; International Law and Security;

International Organisations; Refugee Law;

Immigration Law; Arms Control and Disarmament


Ip, John


Counterterrorism law and constitutionalism;

Comparative counterterrorism law; National security law;

Comparative constitutionalism;

NZ Bill of Rights Act;

Constitutional law

Law and Popular Culture


Kaho, Helena    

Kawharu, Amokura


Commercial arbitration (domestic, international);

Investment arbitration;

Investment law

Free trade agreements


Kelsey, Jane


Law and policy;

International trade and investment law issues;

Law and globalisation


Khouri, Nina

Dispute resolution (mediation and negotiation);

Evidence (civil);

International dispute resolution;

Dispute resolution and the justice system


Littlewood, Michael


Tax law and tax policy including international tax (for example, tax treaties);

Tax avoidance;

Tax history;

Political and constitutional aspects of taxation (for example, fiscal responsibility);

Tax competition;

Doctrinal analysis.


Manning, Jo

Treatment injury head of cover of ACC; 

Medical and health law, policy and ethics issues;

Negligence, especially medical negligence


McLean, Janet

Public-private distinction;

Damages in public law;

Judicial review of contracting; Application of public law to private bodies;

Public authority liability;

General administrative law;

Bill of Rights, especially institutional design questions and anti-discrimination law under Human Rights Act Part1A; EU public law;

Bureaucracy, and public management techniques;

Constitutional reform;

Comparative constitutionalism;

The nature of the Crown.

Noonan, Chris

Company Law;

Competition Law;

Economic regulation;

International trade and the WTO

Norton, Jane

Religious freedom; Freedom of expression; Associative Freedom;

Human Rights theory; NZ Bill of Rights; Charitable Trusts;

The Law of Trusts; Administrative Law


Optican, Scott


Evidence; Criminal Procedure; Police Powers; 

Bill of Rights  (criminal); Criminal Justice.


Paterson, Ron

Health law and policy; Regulation of health practitioners;

Patient safety and quality; Patient's rights;

The Health and Disability Commissioners complaint system;

The role of effectiveness of Parliamentary Ombudsmen; 

Access to information under the Official Information Act 1982



Penk, Stephen






Roberts, Marcus


Contract Law;

Company Law;

Torts Law

On research and study leave 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2017 and unavailable for supervision during this period.

Rosen, Arie


Tpics in general jurisprudence, including the rule of law, legal reasoning, legal authority, theories of rights, the concept of law;

Topics in philosophy of private law, including theories of contract and property;

Topics in legislation and statue law, including democratic theory, separation of powers, judicial review, statutory interpretation


Sanders, Katherine


Land law including theories of property and property in land, land and human rights, public property;

Legal History, particularly New Zealand legal history.

On leave 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2017 and unavailable for supervision during this period.

Sumpter, Paul Intellectual property law.


Swain, Warren

English legal history, especially the history of contract law, tort law and unjust enrichment;

The history of legal literature; Legal biography;

English, New Zealand or Australian contract law


Te Aho, Fleur


Indigenous people’s rights;

Human rights law; Public International law;

Treaty of Waitangi legal issues; and Criminal law and criminal justice



Tolmie, Julia


Criminal law and criminal justice;

Women and the law;

Feminist jurisprudence.


Watson, Susan


Company law;

Corporate governance


Watts, Peter QC


Company law; Equity; Restitution; Agency law;

Trusts; Securities.


Wilberg, Hanna


Administrative law;

Public authority liability;

NZ Bill of Rights Act, especially its operating principles;

Treaty of Waitangi;

Statutory Interpretation



Williams, David


Legal History – particularly English, colonial and New Zealand legal history

Public law issues – especially those concerned with the Treaty of Waitangi and also the role of “the Crown” in the constitution

On research and study leave 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2017 and unavailable for supervision during this period.