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December 2013

Ceri Warnock 2013 International Research Fellow

Otago University senior law lecturer Ceri Warnock is the 2013 New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellow.

Ms Warnock’s research, which will be conducted in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, is entitled The New Zealand Environment Court: Importance and Limitations.

The objective of the study is to conduct the first comprehensive objective legal analysis of the New Zealand Environment Court in its 36-year history.

“The general objective of this research is to fill that gap and to foster an informed debate about the future role of the court,” Ms Warnock says.

It will look at the question “how do we make sense of the seeming paradox between the importance of the Environment Court in developing environment law and the limitations within which it works?”

Following her research, Ms Warnock proposes to publish a monograph of it. The Resource Management Law Association (RMLA) has also expressed an interest in disseminating this publication through its website and Ms Warnock has agreed to present her research findings to a future RMLA conference.

After being admitted in England and Wales in 1993, Ms Warnock practised as a barrister in Manchester from 1993 to 2003.

In 2005 she gained an LLM with first class honours from Auckland University. She then joined the Otago University Law Faculty in 2006 as a lecturer, becoming a senior lecturer in 2009.

Ms Warnock is a co-author, along with Abby Suszko, of Butterworths Student Companion: Resource Management (2013) LexisNexis. She is also author of the forthcoming Resource Management Law in New Zealand, to be published in 2014 by LexisNexis.

The New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellowship is New Zealand’s premier legal research award. Valued at up to $125,000, this fellowship is awarded annually to enable an individual of outstanding ability to undertake legal research that will make a significant contribution to New Zealand. The award was made at the Law Foundation’s Annual Awards dinner in the Grand Hall at Parliament on 4 December and presented by the Minister of Justice Judith Collins.

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