NZ Centre for Environmental Law

Barry Barton

External member, University of Waikato


BA LLB (Hons) Auckland LLM British Columbia

Barry Barton's field of research is energy, natural resources and environmental law. His work on environmental law includes subjects such as: outstanding landscapes under the Resource Management Act 1991; the allocation of natural resources (such as water, geothermal, and marine farms); the political and legal theory of public participation; and on the legitimacy of the regulation of land use. Much of Barry's research in natural resources law therefore leads to fundamental questions about the relationship between private and public law in natural resources. It addresses the legal means which society may employ to shape human behaviour through traditional regulation, market instruments and innovative approaches to regulation. He is involved in Intercoast, a co-operative programme between the Universities of Waikato and Bremen for coastal zone research. He has led FRST-funded research into the legal questions raised by community ecosystem restoration projects, part of a Waikato research programme on Urban Restoration of Ecosystems. He has contributed to the work of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment on Crown pastoral leases and the Tenure Review Process.

In energy law, his focus at present is on energy efficiency, especially through the project Energy Cultures. He has examined the law on the use of the subsurface for carbon capture and storage, and is is the author of the leading Canadian text on mining law.

Barry Barton's teaching in energy natural resources law and environmental law takes place in the Waikato courses Environmental Law, Energy and Resources Law, and (in the Honours and graduate programme) Resource Management Law. He teaches Land Law in the undergraduate programme, and also supervises postgraduate students in LLM and PhD studies. He has been Stephen Dattels Fellow for Mining Law and Finance at the University of Western Ontario, in which capacity he teaches Canadian and international mining law.