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.

Faculty shines

We have three members of the Faculty nominated for the Legal Research Foundation’s 2013 awards: Professor Richard Boast’s The Native Land Court (Thomson Reuters 2013) has been nominated for the THE JF NORTHEY MEMORIAL BOOK AWARD. There are three nominees for this award; Professor Claudia Geiringer’s "Sources of Resistance to Proportionality Review of Administrative Power Under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990" (NZJPIL) has been nominated for the THE SIR IAN BARKER PUBLISHED ARTICLE AWARD along with Māmari Stephens’ "A loving excavation: Uncovering the constitutional culture of the Maori demos" (New Zealand Universities Law Review).  There are four nominees for this award. The winners will be announced at the Foundation’s AGM on Monday 9 June 2014.

Change ahead

Yvette Tinsley will be Acting Associate Dean (Research):  July 1 2014-June 30 2015.

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.