Faculty of Law

Catherine Iorns

Senior Lecturer
School of Law

Phone: 04 463 6389
Location: Room 101, Government Building, 55 Lambton Quay, Pipitea Campus

Catherine Iorns

BA LLB(Hons) Well, LLM Yale

Research Interests

  • Indigenous Rights in International and Domestic Laws
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Environmental Law and Management

Areas of Supervision (PhD or LLM)

  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Environmental Law

Current Research

  • Indigenous political representation in international and domestic laws
  • Indigenous (co-)management of natural resources
  • Indigenous reparations and grievance settlements
  • Implementation of the precautionary principle in domestic law
  • The use of Maori words in legislation
  • The use of parliamentary history materials in statutory interpretation

Selection of Publications

"Indigenous Rights and Democratic Rights in International Law An 'Uncomfortable Fit'?" (2010) 15(1) UCLA Jnl of International Law and Foreign Affairs pp 111-182.

"The 'Just Do It' Approach to Using Parliamentary History Materials in Statutory Interpretation" (2009) 15 Canterbury Law Review pp 205-236 .

"Reparations for Maori Grievances in Aotearoa New Zealand" in Federico Lenzerini (ed) Reparations for Indigenous Peoples: International and Comparative Perspectives (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2008) pp 523-564.


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