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Dr Ben France-Hudson


BMus(Hons)Perf(Griffith), MMus(Cant), LLB(Hons)(Cant), PhD(Otago).
 
Ben France-Hudson for webBen researches the law and theory of private property, with a particular focus on natural resources and land law. His current teaching includes Property Law and the law of Vendor and Purchaser. He is also a member of the Property Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society and in 2018 was appointed to its Property Law Reform Panel. Ben was appointed as a Public Member of the New Zealand Media Council in 2019.
 
Ben is responsible for several chapters in the leading New Zealand textbook Brookers Land Law (J Burrows (ed) looseleaf ed, Thompson Reuters, 2016) and a member of the editorial board for the journal Resource Management Theory and Practice. In 2017 Ben was awarded the Journal of Environmental Law Richard Macrory Prize for his article “Surprisingly Social: Private Property and Environmental Management”.
 
Recently, Ben’s research has focused on property law and the anticipated effects of climate change.  In 2017 Ben (along with co-researchers from GNS Science) was awarded funding from the Resilience to Natures Challenges National Science Challenge for the two year project Retreating from Impending Disaster: Addressing existing land uses in hazard areas for managed retreat.
 
In 2015 (along with co-researchers from the Universities of Canterbury and Otago) Ben was awarded funding by BRANZ (the Building Regulation Authority of New Zealand) and the New Zealand Law Foundation, to prepare a report considering revisions to the legal frameworks for the ownership and use of multi-dwelling units on a single piece of land.
 
Ben has worked as a Judges’ Clerk at the Christchurch High Court, as a solicitor in the Treasury Solicitor’s Office (London), and as an Assistant Crown Counsel in the Crown Law Office (Wellington).
 

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Publications

France-Hudson, B. (2019). The recognition of covenants in gross in New Zealand: A dangerous advancement? In B. McFarlane & S. Agnew (Eds.), Modern studies in property law (Vol. 10). (pp. 187-205). Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing.

Dudley Tombs, B., & France-Hudson, B. (2018). Climate change compensation: An unavoidable discussion. Policy Quarterly, 14(4), 50-58.

France-Hudson, B. (2017). Surprisingly social: Private property and environmental management. Journal of Environmental Law, 29(1), 101-127. doi: 10.1093/jel/eqw032

France-Hudson, B. (2016). The Kermadec/Rangiāthua Ocean Sanctuary: Exploration-free but a breach of good faith. Resource Management Theory & Practice, 12, 55-81.

France-Hudson, B. (2017). Review of the Unit Titles Act 2010: A missed opportunity. Otago Law Review, 15(1), 147-168.

Commissioned Report for External Body

Toomey, E., Finn, J., France-Hudson, B., & Ruru, J. (2017). Revised legal frameworks for ownership and use of multi-dwelling units. Commissioned by Building Research Levy. Wellington, New Zealand: BRANZ. 335p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

France-Hudson, B. (2019). The recognition of covenants in gross in New Zealand: A dangerous advancement? In B. McFarlane & S. Agnew (Eds.), Modern studies in property law (Vol. 10). (pp. 187-205). Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing.

France-Hudson, B., & Toomey, E. (2017). Caveats. In E. Toomey & J. Burrows (Eds.), New Zealand land law. (3rd ed.) (pp. 313-439). Wellington, New Zealand: Thomson Reuters.

France-Hudson, B. (2015). No private property rights in the atmosphere. In P. Martin, S. Z. Bigdeli, T. Daya-Winterbottom, W. du Plessis & A. Kennedy (Eds.), The search for environmental justice. (pp. 105-119). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9781784719425.00013

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Journal - Research Article

Dudley Tombs, B., & France-Hudson, B. (2018). Climate change compensation: An unavoidable discussion. Policy Quarterly, 14(4), 50-58.

France-Hudson, B. (2017). A timely reminder of the importance of land law principles. New Zealand Law Journal, 5, 167-168, 192.

France-Hudson, B. (2017). Surprisingly social: Private property and environmental management. Journal of Environmental Law, 29(1), 101-127. doi: 10.1093/jel/eqw032

France-Hudson, B. (2017). Review of the Unit Titles Act 2010: A missed opportunity. Otago Law Review, 15(1), 147-168.

France-Hudson, B. (2016). The Kermadec/Rangiāthua Ocean Sanctuary: Exploration-free but a breach of good faith. Resource Management Theory & Practice, 12, 55-81.

Finn, J., France-Hudson, B., & Toomey, E. (2016). Damage, destruction, distress: Shared ownership debacles. Canterbury Law Review, 22, 57-81.

Finn, J., Toomey, E., & France-Hudson, B. (2016). Repairs, renovation, restoration, demolition or replacement of multi-dwelling units on a single title. New Zealand Law Journal, 6, 208-212, 235.

France-Hudson, B. (2016). Statutory property: Is it a thing? Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, 47(3), 411-428.

France-Hudson, B. (2006). Living in interesting times: Landonline, leader in its field at what cost? Canterbury Law Review, 12(5), 121.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

France-Hudson, B., & Muir, R. (2018). Continuity and change: The Land Transfer Act 2017. Proceedings of the Property Law Conference: Change: It's Inevitable! (pp. 5-30). Wellington, New Zealand: NZLS CLE. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

France-Hudson, B. (2019). Addressing existing use ‘rights’ in land use planning: Challenges and options for local government in New Zealand. Proceedings of the At What Point Managed Retreat? Resiliance Building in the Coastal Zone Conference. Retrieved from http://adaptation.ei.columbia.edu

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

France-Hudson, B. (2018, April). The recognition of covenants in gross in New Zealand: A dangerous advancement? Verbal presentation at the 12th Biennial Conference on Modern Studies in Property Law, London, UK.

France-Hudson, B. (2018, August). Judicial interpretation of Torrens registered documents. Verbal presentation at the New Horizons for Torrens Conference: Current Reforms, Emerging Issues, Auckland, New Zealand.

France-Hudson, B. (2018, March). Managed retreat from natural hazard risk: Land use planning challenges and options for addressing existing use. Verbal presentation at the Breaking New Ground Conference, Tauranga, New Zealand.

France-Hudson, B. (2017, September). Clash of the Titans Torrens Land and contractural interpretation. Verbal presentation at the 14th Australasian Property Law Teacher's Conference, Perth, Australia.

Finn, J., Toomey, E., & France-Hudson, B. (2017, February). Toward simpler legal frameworks for condominiums: Safeguarding the interests of owners and residents. Verbal presentation at the International Research Forum on Multi-owned Properties, Melbourne, Australia.

France-Hudson, B., & Connell, S. (2017, December). The interpretation of registered property instruments in New Zealand: Property law and contract law perspectives. Verbal presentation at the Obligation Group Property Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

France-Hudson, B. (2016, April). Statutory property: Is it a thing? Verbal presentation at the 13th Australasian Property Law Teachers' Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Toomey, E., Finn, J., & France-Hudson, B. (2016, February). Repairs, renovation, restoration, demolition or replacement of multi-dwelling units on a single title: BRANZ research project. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Housing Researchers Conference (AHRC), Auckland, New Zealand.

Finn, J., France-Hudson, B., & Toomey, E. (2016, April). Damage, destruction, distress: Shared ownership debacles. Verbal presentation at the 13th Australasian Property Law Teachers' Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

France-Hudson, B. (2015, April-May). Social obligation and environmental management. Verbal presentation at the Association of Law Property and Society (ALPS) Annual Meeting, Athens, USA.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

France-Hudson, B. (2015). Private property's hidden potential (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/5496

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