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Director

Barry Barton's field of research is energy, natural resources and environmental law, and specifically at present on mining law, energy efficiency law, and on property rights to subsurface minerals and formations. He is part of the research team for the Energy Cultures research programme. He is active in the Section on Energy, Environment, Resources and Infrastructure Law of the International Bar Association, as a member of the Section Council and the Section's Academic Advisory Group. More »


Centre Manager

Mylene Rakena, of Ngati Hine/Ngapuhi and Ngati Kahungungu descent, completed her LLB (Hons)/BMS (Hons) specializing in Maori Land Law and Corporate Public Relations. Mylene is particularly interested in environmental governance and sustainable natural resource management on Maori owned land.


Faculty Members

Bradford Morse is active in the Academy of Environmental Law of the IUCN, and has served on its Teaching and Capacity Building Committee. He continues his research and policy writing on the intersections of indigenous rights with environmental and natural resource law and governance. He has produced over 100 publications. More »



Sadeq Bigdeli is an expert on international economic and environmental law. He has presented various papers in international conferences on trade and climate change, energy in World Trade Organization (WTO) law and policy, as well as trade in renewable energy. He is a co-editor of a leading book published by Cambridge University Press (2009) on international trade regulation and the mitigation of climate change. Currently, he researches on legal frameworks for trade in biofuels as well as on the ongoing disputes at the WTO over measures affecting trade in renewable energy. More »


Trevor Daya-Winterbottom combines research and teaching at the Faculty of Law, University of Waikato, with legal consultancy and practice as a Barrister sole. He holds a BA (Hons) in Law from the Times Higher Education top 100 under 50 ranked Liverpool John Moores University, where highlights of the degree course included studying public international law with Professor Malcolm Shaw QC and Professor Patrick Thornberry CMG, and studying jurisprudence with the renowned Jewish legal scholar, Professor Bernard Jackson. More »


Alexander Gillespie specializes in international environmental law. He is particularly focused on issues of conservation and biodiversity, although he is also author of three books on climate change and the law. He was the first New Zealander to be Rapporteur for the World Heritage Convention, and has provided legal and policy advice to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Conservation. He is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) of the University. More »


Robert Joseph, of Tainui and Ngati Kahungunu, Ngai Tahu descent, teaches, researches and publishes in the areas of Maori and Indigenous good governance and sustainable natural resource management. He is particularly interested in the appropriate incorporation of Indigenous customary laws and institutions within respective common law jurisdictions in areas such as freshwater rights and responsibilities, climate change and emission trading schemes, wahi tapu or sacred spaces, and the foreshore and seabed. More »


Linda Te Aho, of Waikato-Tainui and Ngati Koroki Kahukura descent, teaches and researches in the area of sustainable development and management of natural resources. Linda has a particular interest in indigenous participation in environmental governance, indigenous rights and responsibilities in relation to freshwater, and river restoration. She participates in tribal environmental governance, and is a member of the Guardians Establishment Committee, a co-management entity created under a recent settlement involving the Waikato River. More »


Valmaine Toki, of Nga Puhi, Ngati Wai and Ngati Rehua descent. Valmaine completed an MBA from the Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania, focusing on marine resource management, spanning strategic planning, economic growth, management planning, and sustainable practices. Valmaine has assisted in cases to the Maori Land Court, the Environment Court, and the High Court and as a Treaty negotiator for her hapu. Her research interests lie within the area of human and indigenous rights, therapeutic jurisprudence and resource management. More »

From left: Trevor Daya-Winterbottom, Linda Te Aho, Professor Al Gillespie, Professor Barry Barton, Dr Sadeq Bigdeli, Professor Brad Morse, Matiu Dickson