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 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.
The Victoria University of Wellington Law Review (VUWLR)
The VUWLR is New Zealand’s oldest university Law Review.
Its current Student Editor-in-Chief is Shang-Chin Lai.
Shang-Chin is in her final year of study towards an LLB (Hons) and a BA in International Relations and Chinese. She finds the role: “Both challenging and rewarding. I’ve gained valuable insight into the world of academic publishing and enjoyed co-ordinating the editorial process.”
Her favourite moment in the job has been: “Receiving boxes of the journal fresh from the printer and addressing the envelopes to send to the authors!”
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.
He Papkupu Reo Ture: A dictionary of Maori legal terms (publisher?) New Zealand’s first bilingual dictionary of Māori legal terms, is winner of the 2013 Aotearoa Maori Book Awards te reo category.
It is the one of the products of the Legal Maori Project, a five-year enterprise funded by the former FORST, the Contestable Fund, and a New Researchers’ fund.
Published Books 2013
- Youth Justice in New Zealand (Thomson Reuters NZ Ltd) by Dr Nessa Lynch
- 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)