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I am a Professor of Law, with research and teaching interests in property law, public law and legal history. Currently my major research project concerns the nineteenth century history of public law and property law, for publication in the Victorian volumes of a projected multi-volume, multi-authored, history of the laws of England. I am the author of Lawyers and the Making of English Land Law 1832-1940 (Oxford, 1992).

While at Otago I have been Dean of the Faculty of Law for five years from 1993 and again from July 1999 until February 2001. I came here in 1990, having been a lecturer at the University of Oxford, and Fellow and Tutor at Hertford College, Oxford. Before that I was a lecturer in the Law Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

I am currently a member of the University's Committee for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and from time to time I have been a member of various other committees, panels, boards and working parties.

Research Interests

Administrative Law, Modern Legal History, Property law.




Anderson, S. (2015). Going for the broke: Making bankruptcy law in New Zealand c. 1860-1867. New Zealand Universities Law Review, 26(3), 507-534. Journal - Research Article

Anderson, S. (2011). Harris v Fitzherbert: Customary rights of labour on a shore whaling station. Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, 42(4), 639-651. Journal - Research Article

Anderson, S. (2011). [Review of the book The permanent New Zealand Court of Appeal: Essays on the first 50 years]. New Zealand Universities Law Review, 24(3), 488-498. Journal - Research Other

Anderson, S. (2010). [Review of the book Judicial review: A New Zealand perspective]. New Zealand Law Journal, 10, 373-374. Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Cornish, W., Anderson, S., Cocks, R., Lobban, M., Polden, P., & Smith, K. (Eds.). (2010). Oxford history of the laws of England: 1820-1914: English legal system (Vol. XI). Oxford University Press, 1276p. Edited Book - Research

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