Katherine Sanders

BA, LLB (Hons), LLM (Yale)

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Senior Lecturer


Katherine Sanders joined the Faculty from practice in London where she acted for the Crown in public law litigation. Previously, Katherine was clerk to the Rt Hon Justice Blanchard at the Supreme Court of New Zealand. She is a graduate of the University of Auckland and the Yale Law School.

Research | Current

  • Land law
  • Legal history


Teaching | Current

  • Law 301 Land Law
  • Law 423 Legal History
  • Law 713 Ideas of Land

Postgraduate supervision

Completed supervision

  • The emergence of community land trusts in Australasia: an alternative model of land tenure for social and ecological sustainability
  • Time for a real change – Revisiting the Position of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 within Aotearoa’s Legal System
  • A River a Legal Person: Serving tikanga Maori or not?
  • Absentee Landholding: A Tongan perspective
  • Right of Property and Its Social Obligations – A Comparison between the German Jurisdiction and the New Zealand Jurisdiction


Richard Macrory Prize for the most thought-provoking and innovative article in the Journal of Environmental Law, 2018

(awarded for " 'Beyond Human Ownership'? Property, Power and Legal Personality for Nature in Aotearoa New Zealand" (2018) 30 JEL 207)


Co-editor, New Zealand Law Review

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Sanders, K. (2018). Juridical Encounters: Maori and the Colonial Courts 1840-1852. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF LEGAL HISTORY, 58 (3), 418-420. 10.1093/ajlh/njy012
  • Sanders, K. (2018). ‘Beyond human ownership’? Property, power and legal personality for nature in Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of Environmental Law, 30 (1), 207-234. 10.1093/jel/eqx029
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42346
  • Sanders, K. (2016). Land law. New Zealand Law Review, 2016 (4), 789-827.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/38993
  • Sanders, K. A. (2015). Land Law. In A. Stockley, M. Littlewood (Eds.) The New Zealand Supreme Court: The First Ten Years. LexisNexis.
  • Sanders, K. A. (2014). ‘The Sensational Scandal which has Worried Wellington’: The Kelburn Raid, Sex, and the Law in First World War New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of History, 48 (2), 91-118. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25612

Contact details

Office hours

Katherine is on research and study leave in the second semester of 2019.


Primary office location

1-11 SHORT STREET - Bldg 810
New Zealand