Dr Trevor Daya-Winterbottom

Associate Professor (Law)

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

About Me

Dr Trevor Daya-Winterbottom is an Associate Professor and Deputy Dean in Te Piringa - Faculty of Law at the University of Waikato. 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 Geographical 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, 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 environmental law and public law.

Internationally, he is the New Zealand Member on the ILA Committee on Sustainable Resource Management, and is a Member of the WCEL Climate Change Specialists Group. He was the first New Zealand based academic lawyer to be the Deputy Chair of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law (2018-2021).

Before joining Te Piringa - Faculty of Law 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 and is a Member of the specialist Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association.

Papers I Teach

Research Supervised

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

Current supervisions include:

Samuel Campbell "The river as a legal person: considering ontological implications for international environmental law - post-human expression of riparian rights or reification of anthropocentric visions of nature?" (PhD Candidate)

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

  • Environmental Law
  • Freshwater Management
  • Oceans Governance
  • Public Law

His primary research within these areas of expertise concerns climate justice; environmental change; legal personality; the intersection of science, public policy and law; and resilience and sustainability.

Within these research areas he is currently working on two New Zealand Law Foundation funded projects, Righting Environmental Law - The role of Public Law in Environmental Law, and Antarctic Treaty System - Past achievements and future prospects.

He is a regular contributor to refereed law journals and legal monographs, 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, Antarctica, 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. (2021). “Case comment: Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki (Inc) v Minister of Finance [2020] NZHC 2345”. Resource Management Bulletin, (2021) 13 BRMB 204-205, 204-205.

  • Daya-Winterbottom, T. (2021). A year in climate change emergency. IUCN AEL Journal of Environmental Law, 11, 92-100.

  • Daya-Winterbottom, T. (2021). When the ship is sinking … Everybody bails. Carbon & Climate Law Review, 15(1 80-91), 1-12.

  • Daya-Winterbottom, T. (2020). Resilience: Is Sustainability Dead?. In V. Mauerhofer, D. Rupo, & L. Tarquinio (Eds.), Sustainability and Law: general and specific aspects (pp. 81-93). Springer International Publishing.

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Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: N.4.11