Postgraduate specialisations

Specialisation is optional but you can choose to have your LLM or MLS degree awarded in one of our six specialisation areas.

Requirement: You must complete a minimum of 90 points of the 120 points for the degree in one of those specialisations.

Corporate and Commercial Law

We have a large group of teachers and researchers in the area of Corporate and Commercial Law, who cover subjects such as company law, banking law, intellectual property, maritime law, private international law, personal property security, privacy law, and taxation. They also cover traditional private law subjects (including contract, tort, equity, and restitution).

Each year we invite teachers to present an additional roster of subjects. The course line-up changes annually. Recent courses have included International Sales and Finance, Law and Economics, Agency Law, Corporate Governance, Sports Law, Fraud and White Collar Crime, and Remedies for Breach of Contract.

We’ve also offered a wide range of commercial law courses in International Law – see the International Law specialisation.

Requirements for Specialisation

  • LAWCOMM 701–769, LAWPUBL 702, 707, 715, 728
  • LAW 790 Dissertation
  • LAW 796 Thesis 1
  • LAW 797 Thesis 2
  • LAW 794 Research Portfolio 1
  • LAW 798 Research Portfolio 2

Environmental Law

We’ve had teaching and research strength in Environmental Law for a number of years, offering papers at the undergraduate and postgraduate level in the areas of planning and environmental law, resource management, mining and energy resources law and international environmental law.

Each year we invite teachers to present an additional roster of subjects. The course line-up changes annually. Recent courses have included Global Environmental Law, Law of the Sea, Climate Change Law, Asian and Pacific Environmental Law, and Corporate Environmental Law.

Requirements for Specialisation

  • LAWCOMM 701, LAWENVIR 702 - 785
  • LAW 790 Dissertation
  • LAW 760 Directed Study

Human Rights Law

Human Rights Law is a developing subject internationally, and the University of Auckland is a national leader in the field. Specialisations include Comparative Bills of Rights, Human Rights and the Criminal Law, Mental Health Law, International Human Rights, and Counterterrorism Law, and Third to First World Relations.

Each year we invite teachers to present an additional roster of subjects. The course line-up changes annually. Recent courses have included Human Rights in Education Law and Policy: US and NZ Perspectives, Comparative Human Rights Law, Terrorism and the Rule of Law, Tort Law and Human Rights, and Comparative Indigenous Peoples and the Law.

Requirements for Specialisation

  • LAWGENRL 702,712 LAWPUBL 708, 711, 713, 723-725, 731-738, 744
  • Such other 700 level Special Topic courses in Law as the Dean of the Faculty of Law approves from year to year as relevant for inclusion in this specialisation
  • LAW 790 Dissertation
  • LAW 796 Thesis 1
  • LAW 797 Thesis 2
  • LAW 794 Research Portfolio 1
  • LAW 798 Research Portfolio 2

International Law

International Law is another area of growing reach and importance. We have both generalist and specialist teachers and researchers in this field.

Specialisms include Armed Conflict Law, International Criminal Law, International Environmental Law, International Trade Law, Law of the Sea and Antarctica, International Dispute Resolution, International Economic Regulation, Counterterrorism Law, and International Relations and Globalisation.

Each year we invite teachers to present an additional roster of subjects. The course line-up of subjects changes annually.

Recent courses have included Law of the Sea, Globalisation and the Taxation of Foreign Investment, International Company and Capital Markets Law, International Insolvency Law, International Commercial Arbitration, and Internet Governance.

Requirements for Specialisation

  • LAWCOMM 707, 714, 715, 723, 729,733, 734, 743, 759, 762, 765, LAWPUBL 703, 704, 709, 711-714, 724, 726, 731, 732, 734, 736, 741, 743,755
  • LAW 790 Dissertation
  • LAW 796 Thesis 1
  • LAW 797 Thesis 2
  • LAW 794 Research Portfolio 1
  • LAW 798 Research Portfolio 2

Litigation and Dispute Settlement Resolution

We’re developing our expertise in process-oriented teaching and research and we’ve recently added the Litigation and Dispute Resolution specialisation to the LLM.

We have particular strength in the Law of Arbitration and International Arbitration. However, a number of our other staff include the study of dispute resolution mechanisms in their teaching and research, in areas such as International Law, Environmental Law, Globalisation and the Law.

We supplement our own expertise by inviting specialists in the field to teach intensive courses in the LLM.

Requirements for Specialisation

  • LAWCOMM 702, 710, 714, 729, LAWENVIR 705,LAWPUBL 756
  • LAW 790 Dissertation
  • LAW 796 Thesis 1
  • LAW 797 Thesis 2
  • LAW 794 Research Portfolio 1
  • LAW 798 Research Portfolio 2

Public Law

Public law research and teaching at our faculty runs the gamut of public law scholarship.

We have a core group of public lawyers whose work covers both traditional constitutional and administrative law and the two main modern additions, namely study of the Bill of Rights and the Treaty of Waitangi.

We also have a wider group of staff who work in specialist fields such as local government and resource management, health and mental health law, and immigration and refugee law.

We supplement our own expertise by inviting specialists in the field to teach a menu of subjects that changes annually. Recent courses have included South Pacific Constitutions, Prosecuting in the 21st Century, and a number of courses found above in the Human Rights specialisation.

Requirements for Specialisation

  • LAWCOMM 703, LAWGENRL 702, 704,713, LAWPUBL 701–758
  • LAW 790 Dissertation
  • LAW 796 Thesis 1
  • LAW 797 Thesis 2
  • LAW 794 Research Portfolio 1
  • LAW 798 Research Portfolio 2