Auckland Law School has New Zealand’s largest community of legal academics, with leaders in Corporate and Commercial Law, Public and International Law, and all other major areas of the law, attracting research students from around the world.
The University of Auckland Law School is an active and vibrant research institution. Its members regularly publish books and articles in New Zealand and around the world, and also serve as editors of a range of publications. Events supporting and promoting research include regular workshops to discuss faculty members’ work in progress, with drafts circulated for advance reading; and a steady stream of visitors who give seminars or public lectures. There are a number of research centres, and the faculty maintains a close cooperation with the Legal Research Foundation. The faculty welcomes visits from academics and other legal professionals, as well as enquiries from prospective research students. The faculty’s work is supported by the Davis Law Library’s extensive collection of mainly New Zealand and Commonwealth legal materials.
This page is your portal for accessing information about research at the law school.
Research publications and subject areas
Recent publications may be viewed as part of individual staff profiles. Information on recent or upcoming lectures, symposia or conferences, as well as books published, can be found in the News and Events sections.
Research in particular subject areas, and members of faculty working in those areas, can be found by consulting the following subject area pages:
Corporate and Commercial Law
The Faculty of Law is home to the Research Centre for Business Law, which includes members of the Department of Commercial Law as well as the Faculty of Law.
Constitutional, Administrative and Other Public Law
The faculty has a core group of public lawyers, and also attracts visits from leading public law scholars from around the world.
International and Comparative Law
We have been developing strong international and comparative law programmes since the mid 1990s.
Criminal Law and Justice
The Faculty of Law has always had a strong focus on criminal law and justice, and continues to be New Zealand’s leading faculty in this area.
Land and Environmental Law
Auckland Law School has one of the world’s largest land and environmental law programmes with courses offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
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.
Contract, Torts, Equity and Private Law
From doctrinal analysis to policy debate to theoretical foundations, this faculty maintains its well-deserved reputation for scholarship on the law of private obligations.
Legal History and Theory
The faculty has long been home to leading scholars in both legal history and legal theory. With the recent arrival of exciting younger scholars in these areas, that tradition looks set to continue.
The Nin Tomas Indigenous Peoples and the Law Group
The Nin Tomas Indigenous peoples and the law group includes academics engaged in research, teaching and outreach related to Indigenous peoples and the law.
Prospective doctoral students
Prospective doctoral students will find the information above helpful in identifying members of staff who work in their chosen area and whom they may want to approach as possible supervisors. Inquiries of a more general nature may also be directed to:
Postgraduate Student Adviser
Law Student Centre
Level 2, 1-11 Short St
Phone: 09 923 1973 or 09 923 1973
Useful research links
- Academic staff specialisations A general list of academic research expertise
- LawAccess A catalogue of law-related information and resources. Over 130 New Zealand organisations list their resources.
- Legal Resources by Jurisdiction
- The Davis Law Library
- Library search (Search Library Catalogue and more)