Environmental Law


The New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law (NZCEL) coordinates an extensive environmental law postgraduate programme at the University of Auckland's Faculty of Law. The programme has a wide range of subjects taught as intensive courses or semester-long courses and supervisions of a large number of Masters and PhD students. Their programme involves the active participation of PhD students in dedicated subject areas, research projects and other activities. Academic members of NZCEL are well recognised leaders in their fields, representing a wide spectrum of research interests.

The New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law (NZCEL)

Areas of study

Recent taught Masters courses have included Law of the Sea, Climate Change Law, Asian and Pacific Environmental Law, and Corporate Environmental Law.

PhD students are particularly encouraged in the following areas:

  • International environmental law and governance;
  • Sustainability law and the precautionary approach;
  • Constitutional frameworks for sustainability;
  • Human rights and the environment;
  • Climate change and energy law (international and comparative);
  • Biodiversity law (international and comparative);
  • New Zealand resource management and environmental law;
  • Environmental law and indigenous peoples.

You can study Environmental Law in the following programmes:

What you will learn

With a membership of eight environmental law lecturers and two research fellows, NZCEL coordinates one of the world’s largest environmental law programmes.

The undergraduate programme offers six regular environmental law courses.

For details see Elective courses

The postgraduate programme offers up to eight courses each year. Specialised degrees include:

  • Ph.D (Environmental Law)
  • LL.M (Environmental)
  • Master of Legal Studies (Environmental) available to non-law graduates

Full details can be found in the Postgraduate Prospectus



Career opportunities

Postgraduate study of law is increasingly important in a globalised world, as all careers now demand much more focused, sophisticated  and advanced legal expertise. The Law School’s postgraduate programmes allow students to specialise in areas to benefit both their employers and their own academic interests. The programmes attract a diverse mix of new graduates, experienced practitioners, partners, and industry professionals, as well as international students from various jurisdictions, all of whom bring their differing perspectives and talents to the postgraduate seminars.
Investing in postgraduate study at The University of Auckland will broaden your academic, research and employment horizons, and add value with specialist skills and knowledge.Whether you plan to join the next generation of leading lawyers in New Zealand, or strive to become a leader in the international field, a postgraduate law qualification from the Auckland Law School will help you to make your mark on the world.

More information

Graduates can specialise in Environmental Law within the general Master of Laws (LLM) degree. While the LLM is only available to law graduates, the MEnvLS is open to graduates of other disciplines and professionals.