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Nicola teaches and convenes Public Law, Environmental Law and International Environmental Law.

Research interests

Nicola's research interests include environmental law, public law, Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi, and international environmental law.

She is also a member of the Coastal People: Southern Skies collaboration that connects communities with world-leading, cross-discipline research to rebuild coastal ecosystems.

Coastal People: Southern Skies


Nicola joined the Faculty as a student in 1984.

Photo: IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium, Baltimore 2012, courtesy of the University of Maryland.


Wheen, N. (2023, September). Environmental law(‘s) problems. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Inaugural Professorial Lecture].

Wheen, N. R. (2022). Sustainability, indeterminacy and the abdication of environmental responsibility. In S. Bookman, E. Willis, H. Wilberg & M. Harris (Eds.), Pragmatism, principle, and power in common law constitutional systems: Essays in honour of Bruce Harris. (pp. 59-77). Cambridge, UK: Intersentia. doi: 10.1017/9781839702709.006

Wheen, N. (2022). Contemporary environmental institutions and policy-making. In M. Bargh & J. L. MacArthur (Eds.), Environmental politics and policy in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 127-150). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

Wheen, N. (2021). Editorial. Resource Management Theory & Practice, 6-11. [Editorial].

Rodriguez Ferrere, M. B., & Wheen, N. R. (2020). Shark Experience Ltd v PauaMAC5 Inc: Missed opportunities? New Zealand Universities Law Review, 29(1), 181-196.

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