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.

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

Currently approximately one-quarter of the Auckland Law School’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

Academic staff researchers and teachers

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

Klaus Bosselmann | Professor
Phone: +64 9 923 7827

Field of research: International environmental law, comparative environmental law, comparative constitutional law, state sovereignty and globalization, Earth system governance, global environmental constitutionalism, human rights and environment

Claire Charters | Associate Professor
Phone: +64 9 923 9436

Field of research: Indigenous peoples' rights in international and constitutional law

Vincent Cogliati-Bantz | Associate Professor
Phone: +64 9 923 6690

Field of research: Law of the sea, public international law, international organizations, European Union law, comparative law; law and globalization

Treasa Dunworth | Associate Professor
Phone: +64 9 923 8008

Field of research: Relationship between domestic and international law, customary international law, law of arms control, international criminal law, international humanitarian law

Andrew Erueti | Senior Lecturer
Phone: +64 9 923 8010

Field of research: Treaty of Waitangi, Māori land law, Māori customary law, human rights and indigenous rights

Caroline Foster | Associate Professor
Phone: +64 9 923 5636

Field of research: Public international law, trade, human rights, international environmental law, law of the sea, Antarctica, international courts and tribunals, international dispute resolution

An Hertogen | Senior Lecturer
Phone: +64 9 923 1129

Field of research: Public international law, international economic law, international environmental law

Anna Hood | Senior Lecturer
Phone: +64 9 923 2242

Field of research: History of public and international public law, particularly international refugee law, the law of security and disarmament

Amokura Kawharu | Associate Professor
Phone: +64 9 923 6397

Field of research: International commercial arbitration, investment arbitration, international economic regulation, international disputes settlement.

Jane Kelsey | Professor
Phone: +64 9 923 8006

Field of research: New generation bilateral and mega-regional economic integration agreements, trade in services, investment agreements, e-commerce, political economy of international economic law

Timothy Kuhner | Associate Professor
Phone: +64 9 923 4017

Field of research: Corruption, campaign / party finance, comparative constitutional law, economic and political inequality, critical approaches to law and political economy, democratic theory

Carrie Leonetti | Associate Professor
Field of research: Comparative criminal procedure, evidence, miscarriages of justice, forensic science & DNA analysis, forensic psychiatry, social psychology and criminal justice, eyewitness identification, interrogations and confessions

Janet McLean | Professor
Phone: +64 9 923 9720

Field of research: 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

Chris Noonan | Associate Professor
Phone: +64 9 923 7444

Field of research: International competition law, World Trade Organisation, regional economic integration

Jane Norton | Senior Lecturer
Phone: +64 9 923 8118

Field of research: Constitutional law and legal theory, discrimination law, religious freedom, freedom of expression, freedom of association, charitable trusts, voluntary associations and unincorporated societies

Paul Rishworth | Professor
Phone: +64 9 923 8031

Field of research: Human rights law, public law, freedom of expression and religion, law about education, South Pacific legal studies.

Fleur Te Aho | Lecturer
Phone: +64 9 923 7240

Field of research: Indigenous peoples’ rights in international law

Tracey Whare | Lecturer
Phone: +64 9 923 7702

Field of research: Treaty of Waitangi legal issues, international law and Indigenous people’s rights, Indigenous legal systems.

Courses available in International and Comparative Law

Subject to availability the following courses may be offered:

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 446 - Indigenous Peoples in International Law
  • LAWPUBL 452 - Law of Armed Conflict
  • LAWPUBL 454 - International Disputes Settlement
  • LAWPUBL 458 - Comparative Indigenous Law
  • LAWPUBL 462 - Law of the Sea
  • LAWPUBL 466 - Contemporary Issues in Disarmament Law
  • LAWHONS 735AB - Corruption and Democracy, Comparative Legal Frameworks
  • LAWHONS 736AB - Topics in International Law

Postgraduate courses

  • COMLAW 741 - International Tax
  • LAWCOMM 702 - International Arbitration
  • LAWGENRL 728 - Corruption: Comparative and International
  • LAWPUBL 726 - Public International Law
  • LAWPUBL 749 - Comparative Constitutional Law