Lady Justice statute in front of law books

Law, policy and government

As New Zealand’s capital city global-civic university, Victoria is the country’s leading research centre for policy, governance and law.

Our researchers—in fields as diverse as law, psychology, public policy, criminology and economics—work with each other and with government, communities, NGOs and business groups on legal and governance issues facing New Zealand and the world.

Examples of our law researchers’ projects include such topics as the history of the Native Land Court, the judicial and legislative responses to the use of trusts to avoid obligations, the relationship between the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori law, the nature of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the development of the legal powers of international organisations.

Our researchers are regularly called on by policy-makers and others for research and consultancy services, training, programme development and policy and legal advice.