Professor Barry Barton

Barry Barton

Professor, Research Centre Director - CEREL (Law)

Qualifications: BA LLB (Hons) Auckland LLM British Columbia

About Barry

Barry Barton’s field of research is energy and natural resources law, and his interests extend into environmental law and property law. His specific research interests at the present are in the law concerning mining, innovative uses of the subsurface (carbon capture and storage, geothermal minerals), energy usage (demand side management, efficiency, housing, transport), and climate change mitigation.

He studied law and geography at the University of Auckland, practised law in Auckland, and went to Canada for postgraduate studies at the University of British Columbia. He went on to the Canadian Institute of Resources Law, before moving back to New Zealand to join the new School of Law at Waikato in 1991. He is a member of the International Bar Association Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law, and a director of the Environmental Defence Society.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Research Interests

  1. Environmental Law
  2. Natural Resources Law
  3. Energy Law

Professor Barton welcomes applications for doctoral and graduate supervision for any subject within these areas.

Recent Publications

  • Barton, B. (2019). Canadian Law of Mining (2nd ed.). Canada: LexisNexis.

  • Barton, B. (2019). Canadian Law of Mining (2nd ed.). Canada: LexisNexis.

  • Barton, B., & Morin, C. (2019). Mine and minerals. Canada: LexisNexis.

  • Barton, B., & Campion, J. S. (2018). Climate change legislation: Law for sound climate policy making. In D. Zillman, L. Godden, L. Paddock, & M. Roggenkamp (Eds.), Innovation in Energy Law and Technology: Dynamic Solutions for Energy Transitions. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oso/9780198822080.003.0002

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Climate; Environmental Law; Environmental Politics; Law; Natural Resources

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Barton, Prof Barry 4187 barton N.4.03 Te Piringa Faculty of Law

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