New Zealand Centre for Legal and Political Theory

The New Zealand Centre for Legal Theory was founded in 2018 to promote research by bringing together leading international and local scholars with interests in legal theory, including general jurisprudence, theories of public law and private law, and indigenous legal theory.

Nicole Roughan, Arie Rosen, Nicole Roughan and Jesse Wall (left to right) at the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy Annual Conference on 6 July 2023.

The New Zealand Centre for Legal Theory is hosted by Auckland Law School at the University of Auckland. The Centre brings together scholars with interests across a range of approaches in legal theory. Our members have expertise in theories of public law and private law, indigenous or international law, in general jurisprudence or its sub-fields, in the intersections of legal and political or moral philosophy, law and social theory, law and economics, law and history, or other interdisciplinary studies.

The Centre hosts an annual Colloquium in Legal Theory, featuring leading international scholars presenting contemporary work in legal theory. Other activities of the Centre include seminars by international and local scholars, including new and emerging voices, and workshops hosted by our members in conjunction with their ongoing individual and collaborative research.


The Centre was formally launched in May 2019, with a public lecture delivered by Professor David Dyzenhaus of the University of Toronto.

Professor David Dyzenhaus at the University of Auckland

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Visiting the Centre

Scholars interested in visiting NZCLT should contact Arie Rosen or Nicole Roughan. Prospective PhD students may find admissions information on the Auckland Law School website.