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
  • Māori land law
  • Housing law and policy
  • Commercial leases
  • Ideas of land

Our courses 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 global environmental law, 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.

Academic staff researchers and teachers

The following members of staff conduct teaching, research and postgraduate supervision in the area of Land and Environmental 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

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

David Grinlinton | Professor
Phone: +64 9 923 7230

Field of research: Land law, leases, housing law and policy, property rights in natural resources, mining and energy law, sustainability and environmental law

Jayden Houghton | Lecturer
Phone:+64 9 923 8645

Field of research: Land law, Māori land law, the Waitangi Tribunal process and its effect on Māori claims, and Indigenous peoples' rights to knowledge and culture (particularly Māori rights to mātauranga Māori and taonga Māori)

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

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

Katherine Sanders | Senior Lecturer
Phone: +64 9 923 8005

Field of research: Land law including land and legal history, theories of property and property in land, land and human rights, and public property

Courses available in Land and Environmental Law

Subject to availablity, we may offer the following courses:

Undergraduate courses in Land and Property

  • LAW 301 - Land Law
  • LAWGENRL 429 - Law of Family Property
  • LAWGENRL 438 - Housing Law & Policy
  • LAWCOMM 427 - Vendor and Purchaser
  • LAWPUBL 427 - Māori 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
  • LAWENVIR 436 - Comparative Water Law and Policy

Postgraduate courses in Environmental Law

  • LAWENVIR 710 - International Environmental Law
  • LAWENVIR 713 - Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law
  • LAWENVIR 718 - European Union Environmental Law and Governance
  • LAWENVIR 723 - Climate Change Law
  • LAWENVIR 732 - Multilateral Trading Systems and Protection of the Environment
  • LAWENVIR 737 - Global Environmental Law