Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu

BA, LLB (Hons) (Auckland) LLM (Cambridge), Admitted to the Bar New Zealand (1998) and NSW (2000), AAMINZ

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Associate Professor


Amokura is an Associate Professor at Auckland Law School and holds a BA/LLB(Hons) degree from Auckland University and an LLM with a major in international law from the University of Cambridge. She became member of the Law Faculty's academic staff in 2005 after working for several years in private commercial law practice in Auckland and in Sydney. Her research interests include international trade and investment law, arbitration, and international disputes resolution. She has published widely in these highly topical fields, including as co-author of the leading New Zealand text on arbitration law with Sir David Williams QC, Williams & Kawharu on Arbitration (2nd ed, LexisNexis, 2017).

Research | Current

  • International commercial arbitration
  • Investment arbitration
  • International economic regulation
  • International disputes settlement

Teaching | Current

  • LawComm 421 Commercial Arbitration
  • LawPubl 454 International Disputes Settlement
  • Law 301 Land Law
  • LawComm 702 International Commercial Arbitration

Postgraduate supervision

Supervisions covering commercial and investment arbitration, international disputes settlement


J. F. Northey Memorial Book Award (2012) for Williams & Kawharu on Arbitration (2011) (with Sir David Williams QC)


University Council

University Finance Committee

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Board

Chair, Law Faculty Library Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Kawharu, A., & Nottage, L. (2018). Foreign investment regulation and treaty practice in New Zealand and Australia: Getting it together in the Asia-Pacific?. In J. Chaisse, L. Nottage (Eds.) International investment treaties and arbitration across Asia (pp. 445-485). Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Nijhoff. Related URL.
  • Kawharu, A. (2017). Punctuated equilibrium: The potential role of FTA trade commissions in the evolution of international investment law. Journal of International Economic Law, 20 (1), 87-113. 10.1093/jiel/jgw077
  • Williams, D. A. R., Kawharu, A., Miles, W., Kirk, A., & Kalderimis, D. (2017). Williams and Kawharu on Arbitration (2nd). Wellington: LexisNexis. Pages: 1060.
  • Kawharu, A. (2016). Process, politics and the politics of process: The 'trans-pacific partnership' in New Zealand. Melbourne Journal of International Law, 16 (2), 286-312. Related URL.
  • Kawharu, A. (2016). The Investment Chapter of the New Zealand–Korea Free-Trade Agreement: An Assessment of the Policy and Dispute Settlement Safeguards. New Zealand Law Review, 2016 (2), 291-318. Related URL.
  • Kawharu, A. (2016). Brief of evidence of Amokura Kawharu before the Waitangi Tribunal, Wai 2522: Dated 24 February 2016. Related URL.
  • Kawharu, A. (2016). Rehearings of jurisdiction issues: A fresh look at the judicial task. Arbitration International, 32 (4), 687-697. 10.1093/arbint/aiw033
  • Kawharu, A., & Kirk, A. (2016). Arbitration. New Zealand Law Review, 2016 (3), 615-645. Related URL.

Contact details

Office hours

Thursdays 10 - 11am, or by appointment

Primary office location

1-11 SHORT STREET - Bldg 810
Level 5, Room 545
New Zealand