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Gill James LLM, DipTESL, LLB

Lecturer in Planning Law

School of People, Environment and Planning

I have worked on many amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991 (eg the 2004 aquaculture law reforms) and on the early oceans policy. My most recent public sector role was as a legislative drafter with the Parliamentary Counsel Office where I drafted the Environmental Protection Authority Act 2011 and the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012. I have a continuing interest in New Zealand public law.

I have had a nearly 30 year career as a lawyer in the public sector (the Treasury, the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, the Ministry for the Environment, and the Parliamentary Counsel Office).

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Contact details

  • Location: 3.28A, Social Sciences Tower
    Campus: Turitea


  • Master of Laws - Victoria University (1999)
  • Diploma in Teaching English as Second Language - Victoria University (1988)
  • Bachelor of Laws - University of Canterbury (1980)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Decision-making under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012

Law of the Sea


Resource Development and Management

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Environmental and Natural Resources Law (180111): Law (180100): Law And Legal Studies (180000)


planning resource management environmental law

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 1

Completed Projects

Project Title: Creating value from a blue economy (Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge)

Date Range: 2016 - 2019

Funding Body: University of Auckland

Project Team:

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

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