International and Comparative Law

Courses in international law aim to bridge the international and New Zealand legal contexts and the relationship between international and domestic law.


The Faculty of Law has been developing an exciting and dynamic international law programme since the early 1990s. Specialisations range from private law areas such as taxation, comparative family law and arbitration to public international law areas of environmental, security, criminal and trade law.

Currently approximately one quarter of the School of Law’s lecturers teach, research and supervise in areas of international law.

Many of our students have written their LLB Honours dissertations and Masters and Doctoral theses in international-related subjects.

Recent topic areas include:

  • Free Trade Agreements
  • Globalisation and Imperialism
  • Indigenous Rights
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Family Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Multinational Corporations
  • Refugees

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More information on undergraduate courses offered

Academic staff researchers and teachers

The following members of staff conduct teaching or research in the area of International and Comparative Law.

Academic staff research areas

The following members of staff conduct teaching or research in the area of International and Comparative Law:

Name Field of Research
Bosselmann, Klaus Sustainability Ethics and Governance, Ecological Justice, Environmental and Property Rights, State Sovereignty, Sustainable Development
Charters, Claire
Indigenous Peoples' Rights in International and Constitutional Law
Dunworth, Treasa Relationship between Domestic and International Law, Customary International Law, Law of Arms Control, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law
Erueti, Andrew Treaty of Waitangi, Maori Land Law, Maori Customary Law, Human Rights and Indigenous Rights
Foster, Caroline Public International Law, Trade, Human Rights, International Environmental Law, Law of the Sea, Antarctica, International Courts and Tribunals, International Dispute Resolution
Hertogen, An
Regulation of Economic Activity by States, Financial Regulation, Competition Law, the Fair Trading Act
Hood, Anna
Public and International Public Law, particularly International Human Rights Law, the Law of Security and Disarmament
Kelsey, Jane Trade in Services, Investment Agreements, Structural Adjustment, International Policy Transfer, Regional Economic Integration
McLean, Janet
The Public-Private Distinction, the Nature of the Crown, Bills of Rights, Bureaucratic Design, Public Contracting, Freedom of Information and the Nature of Unwritten Constitutions.
Noonan, Chris
International Competition Law, 
World Trade Organization, 
Regional Economic Integration
Norton, Jane Constitutional Law and Legal theory, Discrimination Law, Religious Freedom, Freedom of expression, Freedom of association, Charitable trusts, Voluntary associations and unincorporated societies
Rishworth, Paul
Human Rights Law, Public Law, Freedom of Expression and Religion, Law about Education, South Pacific Legal Studies

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Courses available

Undergraduate Courses
LAWCOMM 407 - Conflict of Laws
LAWENVIR 420 - Global Environmental Law
LAWPUBL 402 - Public International Law
LAWPUBL 421 - Advanced International Law
LAWPUBL 424 - Immigration and Refugee Law
LAWPUBL 428 - Rights and Freedoms
LAWPUBL 432 - International Economic Regulation
LAWPUBL 434 - International Criminal Law
LAWPUBL 436 - International Human Rights
LAWPUBL 445 - European Union Law
LAWPUBL 452 - Law of Armed Conflict
LAWPUBL 454 - International Disputes Settlement
LAWPUBL 458 - Comparative Indigenous Law
LAWHONS 736AB - Topics in International Law
Postgraduate Courses
COMLAW 741 - International Tax
LAWCOMM 702 - International Arbitration
LAWPUBL 726 - Public International Law