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:

  • 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.


Inquiries from legal scholars or other legal academics interested in visiting the faculty are always welcome.  Please discuss your plans in the first instance with a member of the faculty with whom you are acquainted. Alternatively, you may contact:

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