Catherine Iorns

Reader School of Law


Teaching in 2017

Research interests

Environment, climate change, statutory interpretation, human rights, Treaty of Waitangi in law, Maori parliamentary seats, Comparative indigenous legal issues, Self-determination, Affirmative action programs, International law

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BA LLB(Hons) Well, LLM Yale

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.