Professor Neil Boister

Professor (Law)

Qualifications: BA LLB LLM cum laude PhD

About Me

Professor Boister completed his PhD on the "The Suppression of Illicit Drugs through International Law" at the University of Nottingham under the supervision of Professor DJ Harris. A revised version of the thesis was published as Penal Aspects of the UN Drug Conventions (Kluwer, 2001), described in the journal Addiction as 'a text of magisterial authority'.

Professor Boister has held academic positions in South Africa, the UK and New Zealand where he is currently based.

Papers I Teach

Research Supervised


  • Rogers, Damien (in progress) International Criminal Law as a Modernist Project.
  • Tofangsaz, Hamed (in progress) The Inadequacy of the Anti-Money Laundering Law Model for Terrorist Financing.
  • Nakarawa, Jalesi (in progress) Deception in the Family Law.

I am supervisor for:

  • Ball, Tawhana (in progress) New Zealand's Statutory Response to the Proliferation of Child Pornography on the Internet.

Research Interests

Transnational Criminal Law

Professor Boister's main research interest is in transnational criminal law - the legal regulation in international and domestic law of crimes that cross borders or have cross border effects. This interest includes both substantive transnational crimes such as transnational organized crime, corruption, drug trafficking, human trafficking, money laundering, slavery, piracy, and transnational terrorism, and the procedural measures taken to suppress it including the establishment and the enforcement of jurisdiction through legal assistance, police cooperation, extradition and asset forfeiture.

Professor Boister also undertakes research other areas of international criminal law and is particularly interested in the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal and war crimes trials in the Far East held after the second World War.


Law; Terrorism

transnational criminal law international criminal law