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Associate Professor Nicola Wheen


Nicola joined the Faculty as a student in 1984. She teaches and convenes Public Law, Environmental Law and International Environmental Law. Nicola’s research interests lie in the environmental and conservation law about marine mammals, wildlife protection, protected areas, precaution, fisheries, genetically modified organisms, rivers and lakes, and the Treaty of Waitangi.

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

Research Interests

Environmental law, Public Law, Treaty of Waitangi, International Environmental Law


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King Salmon Soiree. In June 2014, a group of environmental lawyers met to consider the ramifications of the Supreme Court decision in EDS v King Salmon. Listen to Dr Royden Somerville QC, Maree Baker-Galloway, Phil Page, Nicola Wheen and Ceri Warnock discuss the case.

Nicola R Wheen “The Protection and Conservation of Ecosystems and Species” in Peter Salmon and David Grinlinton (eds) Environmental Law in New Zealand (Thomson-Reuters, forthcoming 2014).

Nicola Wheen “An (Updated) History of New Zealand Environmental Law” in Eric Pawson and Tom Brooking (eds) Making a New Land – Environmental Histories of New Zealand (new edn Otago University Press, 2013; 1st edition Oxford University Press, 2002).

N R Wheen “How the Law Lets Down the ‘Down-Under Dolphin’ – Fishing-related Mortality of Marine Animals and the Law in New Zealand” (2012) 24 Journal of Environmental Law 477.

C Warnock and N Wheen, “Sex-Work in New Zealand: The Re-importation of Moral Majoritarianism in Regulating a Decriminalised Industry” (2012) 24 Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 414.

Nicola R Wheen and Janine Hayward “The Meaning of Treaty Settlements and the Evolution of the Treaty Settlement Process” in Nicola R Wheen and Janine Hayward (eds) Treaty of Waitangi Settlements (BWB, 2012).

Nicola Wheen and Jacinta Ruru “Providing for Rāhui in the Law of Aotearoa New Zealand” The Journal of the Polynesian Society (2011) 120 The Journal of the Polynesian Society 169.

N R Wheen “Legislating for Indigenous Peoples’ Ownership and Management of Minerals: A New Zealand Case Study on Pounamu” (2009) 20 Management of Environmental Quality – An International Journal 551.

C Warnock and N Wheen, “Climate Change, Wildlife Movement and the Law: A Case Study from New Zealand” (2008) 34 Commonwealth Law Bulletin 527.

N R Wheen “Waitutu Block and Tutae-ka-Wetoweto Forests” and “Hector’s and Maui’s Dolphins” in P E Taylor, K Bosselmann and J R Engel (eds) Guide to Governance for Sustainability - Issues, Challenges and Successes (The World Conservation Union, Environmental Law and Policy Series, 2008).

N R Wheen “Belief and Environmental Decision-Making: Some Recent New Zealand Experience” (2005) 15 Journal of Environmental Law and Practice 297.

Nicola R Wheen and Jacinta Ruru “The Environmental Reports” in Janine Hayward and Nicola R Wheen (eds) The Waitangi Tribunal/Te Roopu Whakamana i te Tiriti o Waitangi (BWB, 2004).

N R Wheen “Genetic Modification, Risk Assessment, and Maori Belief under New Zealand’s Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996” (2004) 8 Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law (Special Issue on Sustainable Regulation of Biotechnology) 141.

N Wheen “Environmental Law and Research I: The Research Facility” and N Wheen and J Adams “Environmental Law and Research II: Field Work” in John Dawson and Nicola Peart (eds) The Law of Research – A Guide (Otago University Press, 2003).

N R Wheen “Desperate Remedies and the West Coast Sawmillers” (2001) 19 NZ Universities Law Review 351.

N R Wheen “A Natural Flow – A History of Water Law in New Zealand” (1997) 9 Otago Law Review 71.

N R Wheen “The Resource Management Act – A ‘Greener’ Law for Water?” (1997) 1 NZ Journal of Environmental Law 165.