Dr Trevor Daya-Winterbottom

Senior Lecturer (Law)

Qualifications: MA De Montfort LLM Nottingham Trent LLM Northumbria PhD Anglia Ruskin

About Me

Trevor Daya-Winterbottom joined the Faculty of Law, University of Waikato, in 2003 as a Senior Lecturer. He holds a BA (Hons) in Law from the Times Higher Education top 150 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.

He also holds a Diplôme in human rights law from the prestigious Institut International des Droits de l’Homme (Strasbourg) founded by Nobel laureate René Cassin, and was a member of the very first cohort to graduate with an MA in Environmental Law from De Montfort University. His PhD from Anglia Ruskin University, supervised by the distinguished land management and policy scholar, Professor Robert Home, focused on environmental regulation and reform. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, a Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand, a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a Member of the International Law Association (ILA), a Member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, a Member of the European Environmental Law Forum, and a Member of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law. His teaching, research and consultancy focus on administrative law and trans-national environmental law, and his publications include the specialist book chapter:

T Daya-Winterbottom “Water Management” in P Salmon and D Grinlinton (eds) Environmental Law in New Zealand (2nd ed Thomson Reuters August 2018) Chapter 13 pp703-752

He is currently working on a New Zealand Law Foundation funded project, Righting Environmental Law - The role of Public Law in Environmental Law.

Internationally, he is the New Zealand Member on the ILA Committee on Sustainable Resource Management, and most recently was elected as a Governing Board Member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law in July 2018.

Before joining the Faculty in 2003, he held a variety of positions in New Zealand and the United Kingdom including practicing with the national law firm Chapman Tripp, as a regional solicitor with the Department of Conservation, as a policy analyst with Waitakere City Council, as principal lawyer for Cambridge City Council, and as a supervisor in land use planning law at the Department of Land Economy in the University of Cambridge. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Lincoln's Inn in 1985.

Papers I Teach

Research Supervised

Trevor welcomes applications for doctoral and graduate supervision for any subjects within his research interest areas.

Current supervisions include:

Qaraman Hasan "From the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers to the Waikato River: A trans-national analysis of equitable utilization and minimization of environmental harm under environmental law" (PhD Candidate)

Kemi Hughes "Post Paris 2015 Climate Change Agreement: Assessing the Effectiveness of the United Nations Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Programme so far in promoting climate justice and sustainable development" (PhD Candidate)

Katrina Werahiko "Utilising Whanaungatanga within the Sentencing Act 2002" (PhD Candidate)

Research Interests

  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental Regulation and Reform
  • Freshwater Management
  • Oceans Governance

Trevor is a regular contributor to refereed law journals and legal monographs published in New Zealand and internationally, and presents papers at international law conferences. He also writes and presents submissions to Parliamentary Select Committees, Royal Commissions and Boards of Inquiry on the implications of draft legislation and policy.



Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Environmental Law, Human Rights, International Law, Judicial Review, Law of the Sea, Local Authorities Law, Public Law, Water Law

Recent Publications

  • Daya-Winterbottom, T. (2018). Personality and representation in environmental law. New Zealand Law Journal, 130-134.

  • Daya-Winterbottom, T. (2017). Brexit, constitutionalism and the RMA. Resource Management Bulletin, 12(1), 1-2. Retrieved from

  • Daya-Winterbottom, T. (2017). Gregory v Thames Coromandel District Council: Indefeasibility of title. Resource Management Bulletin, 12(6), 83-84.

  • Daya-Winterbottom, T. (2017). No deference. The New Zealand Law Journal, 351-355.

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Contact Details

Room: N.4.22