Land and Environmental Law

The Faculty of Law’s strength in land law and property law, as well as environmental and resource management law is well-known in New Zealand and abroad.

Land law is core discipline in the common law, and a core part of the curriculum at Auckland Law School. In addition to the Law III compulsory Land Law course, there are a number of elective, and postgraduate courses offered in this area. These include Vendor and Purchaser, Contemporary Issues in Land Law, Law of Family Property, Maori Land Law, Housing Law and Policy, Commercial Leases, and Ideas of Land. These are taught by leading researchers and teachers in these subject areas from within the full-time Faculty, and by visiting scholars, Judges and practitioners.

On the environmental side, we have one of the world’s largest environmental law programmes with a number of courses offered at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. In addition to staff teaching in the LLM (Environmental) programme, the faculty invites top scholars from around the world to teach intensive courses in the areas climate change law, biodiversity law, ocean governance, human rights and the environment, and others.

The faculty is also home to  the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law (NZCEL) which includes membership from the Faculty of Law and the School of Planning and Architecture, as well as academics from the University of Canterbury and the University of Waikato.

Established in 1999, the Centre organises conferences and seminars, hosts legal scholars, publishes the New Zealand Journal of Environmental Law and the NZCEL Monograph Series, and generally engages in research on domestic, comparative and international environmental law. A focal-point of research has been the interface between sustainable development and law and governance.

For further information visit the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law (NZCEL) website.

Academic staff researchers and teachers

The following members of staff conduct teaching or research in the area of Land and Environmental Law.


Academic staff research areas

The follow members of staff conduct research and postgraduate supervision in the area of Land and Environmental Law.

Name Field of Research
Bosselmann, Klaus International Environmental Law and Governance, Comparative and European Environmental Law, Climate Change, Biodiversity, Sustainability and the Law
Erueti, Andrew Treaty of Waitangi, Maori Land Law, Maori Customary Law, Human Rights and Indigenous Rights
Grinlinton, David Land Law, Leases, Property Rights in Natural Resources, Mining and Energy Law, Sustainability and Environmental Law
Kawharu, Amokura International commercial arbitration, Investment arbitration, International economic regulation, Internationl disputes settlement
Sanders, Katherine Land Law including land and legal history, theories of property and property in land, land and human rights, and public property

News and events


  • Ken Palmer
    Rare Honour for Ken Palmer
    11 December 2015
    An unprecedented Special Sitting of the Environment Court of New Zealand has been held to honour Associate Professor Kenneth Palmer

Upcoming events

Public lectures, conferences and events are regularly held for Environmental Law.


Courses available

Undergraduate Courses in Land & Property
LAW 301 - Land Law
LAWGENRL 429 - Family Property
LAWGENRL 438 - Housing Law & Policy
LAWGENRL 444 - Contemporary Issues in Land Law
LAWCOMM 427 - Vendor & Purchaser
LAWPUBL 427 - Maori Land Law

Postgraduate Courses in Land and Property
LAWCOMM 705 – Commercial Leases
LAWGENRL 713 – Ideas of Land

Undergraduate Courses in Environmental Law
LAWENVIR 401 - Resource Management Law
LAWENVIR 420 - Global Environmental Law
LAWENVIR 421 - Energy and Natural Resources Law
LAWENVIR 423 - Earth Governance
LAWENVIR 430 - Environmental Constitutionalism

Postgraduate Courses in Environmental Law
LAWENVIR 718 - European Union Environmental Law and Governance 
LAWENVIR 710 - Global Environmental Law
LAWENVIR 713 - Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law
LAWENVIR 436 - Comparative Water Law and Policy