Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Family and Relationships Law

The Faculty of Law has a strong portfolio of teaching and research in litigation, dispute resolution, family and relationships law and policy.

We offer a number of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, all aimed at equipping our students with both the doctrinal knowledge and the clinical skills necessary to be effective advocates in whichever context they choose to practice.  LLM students have the option of completing an LLM specialisation in Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

Complementing these areas of teaching, the Faculty has a vibrant mooting programme across all levels of the degree.  Further details can be found here and on the webpage for the University of Auckland Mooting Society.  In addition to the general moots, the Faculty of Law also organises or participates in the following competitions, all aimed at developing our students’ advocacy skills:

  • Australian Law Students Association Negotiation Competition
  • Bell Gully Senior Mooting Competition
  • Brian Shenkin Memorial Moot
  • Buddle Findlay Negotiation Competition
  • Maori Issues Moot
  • John Haigh QC Memorial Moot
  • International Chamber of Commerce International Commercial Mediation Competition
  • Meredith Connell Greg Everard Memorial Moot
  • Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Witness Examination Competition
  • Pacific Issues Moot
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
  • Red Cross Asia-Pacific International Humanitarian Law Moot Competition
  • Russell McVeagh Client Interviewing Competition
  • Stout Shield Moot
  • Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

(Prospective participants please note: the Faculty may not send a team to every external competition every year.  Please check with the responsible Faculty member for more details.)

Academic staff researchers and teachers

The following members of staff conduct teaching or research in the area of Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Family and Relationships Law.


Academic staff research areas

The follow members of staff conduct research and postgraduate supervision in the areas of Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Family and Relationships Law:

Name Field of Research
Khouri, Nina
Dispute Resolution, Mediation Law and Practice, Evidence, Advocacy, Negotiation Theory, Civil Justice, Contract Law, Professional Negligence, Insurance Law
Littlewood, Michael Hong Kong Tax, Chinese Tax, International Tax, Comparative Tax, Tax Planning, Tax Policy, the Politics of Taxation, Tax History, Constitutional Aspects of Taxation
Optican, Scott
Criminal Procedure, Evidence, NZ Bill of Rights/ Comparative Bill of Rights Law, Police Powers, Criminal Justice

News and events


Upcoming events

Public lectures, conferences and events are regularly held for Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Family and Relationships Law.

Courses available

Postgraduate Courses
LAWCOMM 702 - International Arbitration
LAWCOMM 731 - Cross Border Commercial Litigation

Examples of recent research supervision

Family Dispute Resolution: Is it really in Children's welfare and best interests?

Interrogative Deception: The Legality of Dishonest Police Questioning in New Zealand

Justice or ‘Just Us’? An Analysis of the Differing Roles of Mediation and Court Adjudication in today’s Civil Justice System

Communications with Ministers of Religion: The Concepts and Contours of the Clergy-Communicant Privilege

Name Suppression in Sexual Assault Cases

Determining the Substantive Law Applicable to Contractual Disputes in International Arbitration: A Conflict of Laws Roadmap for Arbitral Tribunals

Has Kiobel Curtailed Alien Tort Statute Litigation in the United States?  What Alternatives do Victims have to hold Multinational Corporations Liable for Human Rights Violations?