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.

We offer a number of course at undergraduate and postgraduate level, all aimed at equipping our students with both the doctrinal knowledge and the clinical skills necessary to be effective advocates in whichever context they choose to practice. LLM students have the option of completing an LLM specialisation in Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

Complementing these areas of teaching, the faculty has a vibrant mooting programme across all levels of the degree. Further details can be found on the webpage for the University of Auckland Mooting Society.

Learn more about mooting

In addition to the general moots, the Faculty of Law also organises or participates in the following competitions, all aimed at developing our students’ advocacy skills:

  • Australian Law Students Association Negotiation Competition
  • Bell Gully Senior Mooting Competition
  • Brian Shenkin Memorial Moot
  • Buddle Findlay Negotiation Competition
  • Māori Issues Moot
  • John Haigh QC Memorial Moot
  • International Chamber of Commerce International Commercial Mediation Competition
  • Meredith Connell Greg Everard Memorial Moot
  • Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Witness Examination Competition
  • Pacific Issues Moot
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
  • Red Cross Asia-Pacific International Humanitarian Law Moot Competition
  • Russell McVeagh Client Interviewing Competition
  • Stout Shield Moot
  • Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

(Prospective participants please note: the Faculty may not send a team to every external competition every year. Please check with the responsible Faculty member for more details.)

Academic staff researchers and teachers

The following members of staff conduct teaching and research and may conduct postgraduate supervision in the areas of Litigation and Dispute Resolution and / or Family and Relationships Law.

Nikki Chamberlain | Lecturer
Email: n.chamberlain@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 923 1696

Field of research: Class actions and litigation funding, civil procedure, law of family property, privacy, defamation, intentional torts

Nina Khouri | Teaching fellow
Email: n.khouri@auckland.ac.nz

Field of research: Dispute resolution, including mediation law and practice, the law of evidence, advocacy, negotiation theory, legal ethics

Michael Littlewood | Professor
Email: m.littlewood@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 923 5633

Field of research: New Zealand tax, Hong Kong tax, Chinese tax, international tax, comparative tax, tax planning, tax policy, the politics of taxation, tax history, constitutional aspects of taxation

Courses available in Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Family and Relationships Law

Examples of recent research supervision

  • Family Dispute Resolution: Is it really in Children's Welfare and Best Interests?
  • Interrogative Deception: The Legality of Dishonest Police Questioning in New Zealand
  • Justice or ‘Just Us’? An Analysis of the Differing Roles of Mediation and Court Adjudication in today’s Civil Justice System
  • Communications with Ministers of Religion: The Concepts and Contours of the Clergy-Communicant Privilege
  • Name Suppression in Sexual Assault Cases
  • Determining the Substantive Law Applicable to Contractual Disputes in International Arbitration: A Conflict of Laws Roadmap for Arbitral Tribunals
  • Has Kiobel Curtailed Alien Tort Statute Litigation in the United States? What Alternatives do Victims have to hold Multinational Corporations Liable for Human Rights Violations?