University of Otago senior law lecturer Ceri Warnock has
become the 2013 New Zealand Law Foundation International
The fellowship is New Zealand's ''premier legal research
award'', and provides up to $125,000 each year to ''enable an
individual of outstanding ability'' to undertake legal
research that would make a significant contribution to New
Ms Warnock's research will be undertaken in New Zealand,
Australia and the United Kingdom, and will focus on ''The New
Zealand Environment Court: Importance and Limitations''.
She plans to conduct the first comprehensive objective legal
analysis of the court, in its 36-year history.
She aimed to ''fill that gap'' and foster an informed debate
about the court's future role, she said.
The study would examine the question about how sense could be
made of the ''seeming paradox'' between the importance of the
court in developing environmental law, and ''the limitations
within which it works''.
She plans to publish a monograph, based on her research.
She practised as a barrister in Manchester, England, before
joining the Otago University law faculty in 2006 as a
lecturer, becoming a senior lecturer in 2009, foundation
She is also the co-author and author of books on resource
management law in New Zealand.
The award was presented to her earlier this month by the
Minister of Justice, Judith Collins.