NZ Centre for Environmental Law

Trevor Daya-Winterbottom

External member, University of Waikato    

Trevor Daya-Winterbottom


Trevor Daya-Winterbottom combines research and teaching at the Faculty of Law, University of Waikato, with legal consultancy and practice as a Barrister sole. He holds a BA (Hons) in Law from the Times Higher Education top 100 under 50 ranked Liverpool John Moores University, where highlights of the degree course included studying public international law with Professor Malcolm Shaw QC and Professor Patrick Thornberry CMG, and studying jurisprudence with the renowned Jewish legal scholar, Professor Bernard Jackson.

He also holds a Diplôme in human rights law from the prestigious Institut International des Droits de l’Homme (Strasbourg) founded by Nobel laureate René Cassin, and was a member of the very first cohort to graduate with an MA in Environmental Law from De Montfort University, Leicester. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, a Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand, a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute, and a Member of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law. His teaching, research and consultancy focus on administrative law and aspects of international, comparative and domestic environmental law.

He is a regular contributor to refereed law journals and legal monographs published in New Zealand and internationally, and presents papers at New Zealand and international law conferences. He also writes and presents submissions to Parliamentary Select Committees, Royal Commissions and Boards of Inquiry on the implications of draft legislation and policy, and occasionally appears before the Courts as counsel in public interest cases.

He was on study leave from the University of Waikato in 2011-2012 and was a Guest Professor at the Department of Public International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ghent, Belgium.

Before joining the Faculty in 2003 he held a variety of positions in New Zealand and the United Kingdom including practicing with the national law firm Chapman Tripp, as a regional solicitor with the Department of Conservation, as a policy analyst with Waitakere City Council, as principal lawyer for Cambridge City Council, and as a supervisor in land use planning law at the Department of Land Economy in the University of Cambridge.

Selected Publications

T Daya-Winterbottom "Sustainable management, a sustainable ethic?" in RV Percival, J Lin and W Piermattei (eds) Global Environmental Law at a Crossroads (Edward Elgar 2014)

T Daya-Winterbottom (ed) Frontiers of Resource Management Law (Thomson Reuters 2012) pages 554

T Daya-Winterbottom (ed) The Salmon Lectures - Justice and the Environment (2nd Edition Thomson Reuters 2012) pages 118

T Daya-Winterbottom, "Sustainability, governance and water management in New Zealand" The Journal of Water Law Volume 21 (2011) pp219-231

T Daya-Winterbottom, "Politics and biodiversity: a New Zealand perspective" [2011] 4 Env Liability pp119-133