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LLB(Hons)(Cardiff) LLM(Auck) MSt DPhil(Oxon)

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Ceri course manages and teaches Resource Management Law. Prior to 2023, she also taught and course managed Energy Law and LAWS101 The Legal System, and also contributed teaching to Public Law and Inter-disciplinary Aspects of Climate Change.

Research interests

Ceri's primary research concerns environmental constitutionalism and explores in particular the impact of modern governmental ordering on theories for environmental adjudication.

She was the recipient of the 2014 'New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellowship – Te Manatū a Ture o Aotearoa Te Karahipi Rangahau Ā Taiao' for her work into legitimacy and specialist environment courts and tribunals.

Outputs from that research project have been published in the Journal of Environmental Law, Public Law, Legal Studies, and in a monograph entitled 'Environmental Courts and Tribunals: Powers, Integrity and the Search for Legitimacy' (Hart Bloomsbury, 2020). The book she wrote with Maree Baker-Galloway, 'Focus on Resource Management Law' (LexisNexis, 2015), won the Resource Management Law Association award for excellence in publications.

Ceri gave the Salmon Lecture in 2018 and spoke on the topic of 'Environment and the Law: the Normative Force of Context'.


Ceri has been a visiting lecturer at Kings College London, tutored at Hertford College, University of Oxford, and prior to joining the Faculty of Law at Otago in 2006 practiced as a barrister in England and Wales.

She returned to legal practice in 2023 and now works as a lawyer for the Department of Conservation, specialising in resource management litigation. She remains a Research Affiliate with the University of Otago and continues to teach one of the core environmental papers in the Faculty of Law.


Warnock, C., & Preston, B. (2023). Climate change, fundamental rights and statutory interpretation. Journal of Environmental Law. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/jel/eqad002 Journal - Research Article

Warnock, C. (2022). The land and environment court of New South Wales: Normative legitimacy and adjudicative integrity. In E. Fisher & B. Preston (Eds.), An environmental court in action: Function, doctrine and process. (pp. 289-306). Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing. doi: 10.5040/ Chapter in Book - Research

Warnock, C. (2021). Environmental courts and tribunals: Powers, integrity and the search for legitimacy. Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing, 224p. Authored Book - Research

Kennedy, A., du Plessis, A., Fowler, R., Hamman, E., & Warnock, C. (Eds.). (2021). Teaching and learning in environmental law: Pedagogy, methodology and best practice. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 320p. doi: 10.4337/9781789908534 Edited Book - Research

Warnock, C., Higham, J., Walton, S., Carter, L., & Kingston, D. (2021). Enhancing learning in environmental law through assessment design. In A. Kennedy, A. du Plessis, R. Fowler, E. Hamman & C. Warnock (Eds.), Teaching and learning in environmental law: Pedagogy, methodology and best practice. (pp. 113-128). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9781789908534.00014 Chapter in Book - Research

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