Research Areas for PhD and LLM supervision

At Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law, research supervision at both PhD and Master’s levels is second to none.

Applicants are welcome to contact prospective supervisors—our Faculty members’ areas of interest are listed below. Click on a person’s name to view their detailed profile and contact details.

Subject Area Faculty Member
Aboriginal Land tenure Ruiping Ye
Administrative Law Eddie Clark; Dean Knight
Bill of Rights (NZ) Petra Butler
Children's Rights Luke Fitzmaurice-Brown
Chinese Law Ruiping Ye
Citizenship Marnie Lloydd
Climate Change Bjørn-Oliver Magsig
Climate Change Law and energy transition Lee Godden
Company law Victoria StaceMatteo Solinas
Comparative Law Tony Angelo; Marcin Betkier; Richard Boast; Alberto Costi; Joel Colón-Ríos ; Matteo Solinas; Ruiping Ye
Comparative native title and Indigenous peoples' land and water rights Lee Godden
Competition Law Marcin Betkier; Paul Scott
Conflict of Laws Petra Butler; Campbell McLachlan
Constitutional Law Tony Angelo; Petra Butler; Joel Colón-Ríos; Mark Hickford; Dean Knight
Constitutional Theory Joel Colón-Ríos
Consumer Law Kate Tokeley
Contract Law David McLauchlan; Paul Scott
Counter-Terrorism and foreign fighting Marnie Lloydd
Criminal Law and Justice Danica McGovern; Zoë Prebble; Tony Smith; Yvette Tinsley
Data Privacy/Data Protection Marcin Betkier
Decolonisation (after Te Tiriti o Waitangi) Luke Fitzmaurice-Brown
Disaster law and climate adaptation Lee Godden
Employment and Labour Law Gordon Anderson
Employment Law (relating to personal grievances) Grant Morris
Environmental law Alberto Costi; Lee Godden; Catherine Iorns; Bjørn-Oliver Magsig; Joanna Mossop
European Law Marcin Betkier; Matteo Solinas; Michelle Zang
Family Law Bill Atkin; Luke Fitzmaurice-Brown
Feminist Legal Theory Zoë Prebble
German Law Petra Butler
Human Rights Petra Butler; Marnie Lloydd
Immigration and Refugee Law Marnie Lloydd
Indigenous rights Richard Boast; Catherine Iorns
Insolvency Law Victoria Stace
Intellectual Property Law Graeme Austin; Susy Frankel; Hai-Yuean Tualima
International Arbitration Petra Butler; Campbell McLachlan
International Commercial Law Petra Butler
International Criminal Law Marnie Lloydd
International Dispute Resolution Petra Butler
International Economic Law Meredith Kolsky Lewis; Michelle Zang
International Humanitarian Law Marnie Lloydd
International Intellectual Property Hai-Yuean Tualima
International Law Alberto Costi; Bjørn-Oliver Magsig; Campbell McLachlan
International Trade Law Gordon Anderson; Susy Frankel; Meredith Kolsky Lewis; Michelle Zang
IT Law/Internet Law Marcin Betkier
Italian Law Matteo Solinas
Judicial review Dean Knight
Land Law Richard Boast
Latin American Constitutionalism Joel Colón-Ríos
Law and Economics Paul Scott
Law and Forensic Science Yvette Tinsley
Law and Language Māmari Stephens
Law and Literature Grant Morris
Law and Psychology Yvette Tinsley
Law and Religion Māmari Stephens
Law and Sexuality Eddie Clark
Law of Armed Conflict Alberto Costi
Law of Contempt Tony Smith
Law of Freshwater Resources Bjørn-Oliver Magsig
Law of Privacy Marcin Betkier; Nicole Moreham
Law of the Sea Bjørn-Oliver Magsig; Joanna Mossop
Law of Small States Petra Butler
Legal History Richard Boast; Mark Hickford; Grant Morris; Matteo Solinas; Ruiping Ye
Legal Theory/Jurisprudence Mark Bennett; Lee Godden; Joel Colón-Ríos
Local Government Dean Knight
Māori Land Law Richard Boast
Media Law Marcin Betkier; Nicole Moreham; Steven Price; Tony Smith
Medico-legal Bill Atkin; Kate Tokeley
Negotiation and Mediation Grant Morris
Pacific Law Tony Angelo; Mele Tupou Vaitohi
Pacific Legal Systems Hai-Yuean Tualima; Mele Tupou Vaitohi
Peace and Security Law Marnie Lloydd
Political and Social Theory Mark Bennett
Private International Law Petra Butler
Property Law Mark Bennett; Lee Godden; Victoria Stace; Ruiping Ye
Public Law Petra Butler; Eddie ClarkJoel Colón-RíosAlberto Costi; Mark Hickford; Dean KnightTony Smith
Securities Regulation Matteo Solinas; Victoria Stace
Sentencing and penal policy Yvette Tinsley
Socio-legal Studies Yvette Tinsley
Te Tiriti o Waitangi Luke Fitzmaurice-Brown
Tax John Prebble
Torts Bill Atkin; Geoff McLay; Nicole Moreham
Traditional Knowledge Hai-Yuean Tualima
Trusts Law Mark Bennett; Geoff McLay
Unjust Enrichment Petra Butler
Welfare Law Bill Atkin; Māmari Stephens