Professor Neil Boister

BA LLB LLM (cum laude) Natal PhD Nottingham

Professor Neil Boister

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the intersection between the fields of criminal law and international law. My initial specialisation was in International Humanitarian Law and international drug control law. I have recently developed research interests in the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, international tobacco control and the area of transnational crime generally. I am particularly interested in developing the notion of transnational criminal law, as that part of international criminal law in a general sense which is concerned with the suppression of transnational crime by states.

  • Domestic and Comparative Criminal Law
  • Drug Control
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Mutual Assistance
  • Tobacco Control
  • Transnational Criminal Law


  • Australasian Law Teachers Association (ALTA) (Professional Organisation): Member
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL) (Professional Organisation): Member
  • International Journal on Human Rights and Drug Policy
  • International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law: Member
  • New Zealand Yearbook of International Law (Journal & Publication): Editorial Board
  • Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) (Professional Organisation): Member

Recent Publications

Neil Boister and Robert Currie (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Transnational Criminal Law (Routledge, 2014) (Book)

Neil Boister, 'International Tribunals for Transnational Crimes: Towards a Transnational Criminal Court?' (2012) 23 (4) Criminal Law Forum 295-318

Taylor, L., Cheer, U., Boister, N., Toomey, E., Mueller, S. and Wilson, D. (2012) Improving the effectiveness of large class teaching in law degrees. Ako Aotearoa - National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. 54pp. (Report for External Body)

Boister, N.B. (2011) International Tribunals for Transnational Crimes: Towards a Transnational Criminal Court. Ottawa, Canada: Conference of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law and the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, 'Globalization of Crime - Criminal Justice Responses', 7-11 Aug 2011. (Conference Contribution - Full conference paper)

Boister, N. (2011) Punishing Japan's 'Opium War-making' in China: The Relationship between Transnational Crime and Aggression at the Tokyo Tribunal. In Y. Tanaka, T. McCormack and G. Simpson (Ed.), Beyond Victor's Justice? The Tokyo War Crimes Trial Revisited: 323-350. Leiden and Boston: Nijhoff. (Chapter in Book)

Jones, C., Morrison, G., Tau, T.M., Hawes, J., Clement, J., Boister, N. and Buckingham, J. (2011) Remembering the Past. In C. Jones, B. Matthews and J. Clement (Ed.), Treasures of the University of Canterbury Library: 83-108, 234-237. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press. (Chapter in Book)

Boister, N. and McGrady, B. (2011) Why and how to make a Treaty Crime of Medicine Counterfeiting: A Reply to Attaran, Bate and Kendal. Journal of International Criminal Justice 9(4): 947-951. Reply to Article. (Other)

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