Faculty of Law

Catherine Iorns

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

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

Areas of Supervision (PhD or LLM)

  • Environmental Law
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Statutory Interpretation

Current Research

  • A social history of the Huakina case
  • The precautionary principle in international and domestic law
  • Human rights, environment and self-determination in West Papua
  • Indigenous rights in environmental law
  • A human right to a healthy environment
  • Environmental reporting regimes

Selection of Publications

"Maori Cultural Rights in Aotearoa New Zealand: Protecting the Cosmology that Protects the Environment" 21:2 Widener Law Review pp 273-327 (2015) SSRN.

"West Papuan Self-Determination: New Indigenous Rights or Old Fashioned Genocide?" in Suzannah Linton, Gerry Simpson & William Schabas (eds) For the Sake of Present and Future Generations: Essays on International Law, Crime and Justice in Honour of Roger Clark (Leiden, Brill, 2015) SSRN.

"Native American Values and Laws of Exclusion" in K Hirokawa (ed) Environmental Law and Contrasting Ideas of Nature: A Constructivist Approach (NY, Cambridge UP, 2014).

"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 SSRN.

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


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