Faculty of Law

Research and Scholarship

The Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand’s leading centre of academic legal research.

In the recent PBRF (Performance Based Research Funding) evaluation, the Faculty is judged the best in the country. The Faculty is also ranked 19th in the 2013 QS World University Rankings Survey, the only faculty in New Zealand to be in the top 20.

The Faculty is celebrating four University awards for research:

  • Professor Susy Frankel (Research Excellence Award)
  • Senior Lecturer Mamari Stephens (Research Excellence Award)
  • Senior Lecturer Nessa Lynch (Early Career Research Award)
  • Senior Lecturer Joel Colon-Rios (Early Career Research Award)

Associate Dean of Research, Professor Graeme Austin, has been awarded one of the Victoria University Teaching Excellence Awards for 2013. These awards are given annually to recognise exceptional commitment to and documented effectiveness in teaching.

The Boast Marsden Project


This project is investigating tenurial change around the Pacific Rim in the 19th century, as well as exploring how individualising property regimes emerged in a number of quite dissimilar countries (Mexico, Chile, the US and New Zealand) around the same time.

It is the first legal research project to be funded by the Marsden Fund and Professor Richard Boast, Ruiping Ye and Ryan O’Leary are the project’s principals.

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The Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN) is one of the world’s major online resources for scholarly research.

Victoria is the only New Zealand law faculty with a full presence on the SSRN site, a development that has greatly enhanced the dissemination of the work of its academics. SSRN gives longevity and exposure to people’s work, which means that research from the Faculty is well known internationally.

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Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Papers is an abstracting e-Journal that contains scholarly papers published or to be published by the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. The journal is hosted by the Social Science Research Network.

Be Very Impressed

Read about a day in the life of a research-intensive Law School (Victoria) below.

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Published Books 2013

  • Port State Jurisdiction and the Regulation of International Merchant Shipping (Springer) by Bevan Marten
  • The Native Land Court 1862-1887: A Historical Study, Cases, and Commentary (Brookers/Thomson Reuters) by Richard Boast 
  • Recalibrating Behaviour: Smarter Regulation in a Global World (LexisNexis) by Susy Frankel and Deborah Ryder (eds)


Law Faculty Academic Enrichment Programme 2014 Schedule.