Professor David Grinlinton

VRD, BA, LLB (Hons), LLM, MDS; Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

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David Grinlinton has been with the Faculty since 1990 having previously spent time in legal practice.

David's teaching and research interests include real property law, mining, energy and natural resources law. He has published widely in these areas, and is a regular presenter at both local and international conferences and symposia.

David is also a Founding Member of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law which is based in the Faculty and is a member of the editorial board of the New Zealand Journal of Environmental Law.

Research | Current

  • Land law
  • Housing law and policy
  • Property rights and natural resources
  • Environmental and resource management law
  • Energy and mining law

Special interests:

  • Interrelationship between property rights and environmental law
  • Sustainable energy developments
  • Water and soil management and protection

Teaching | Current

  • LAW 301 Land Law
  • LAWENVIR 401 Resource Management Law
  • LAWGENRL 438 Housing Law and Policy

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Grinlinton, D., & Thomas, R. (2020). Land Registration and Title Security in the Digital Age New Horizons for Torrens. Taylor & Francis. Pages: 420.
  • Rodgers, C., & Grinlinton, D. (2020). Covenanting for Nature: A Comparative Study of the Utility and Potential of Conservation Covenants. MODERN LAW REVIEW10.1111/1468-2230.12504
  • Grinlinton, D. (2019). Sustainable Management of Urban Soils: The New Zealand Approach. In H. Ginzky, E. Dooley, I. Heuser, E. Kasimbazi, T. Markus, T. Qin (Eds.) International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy 2018 (pp. 55-82). Switzerland: Springer. 10.1007/978-3-030-00758-4_3
  • Grinlinton, D. (2018). Opportunities for sustainable energy in conflict zones: The role of international organisations and military forces. Academy of Environmental Law e-Journal (9), 23-54. Related URL.
  • Salmon, P., & Grinlinton, D. P. (2018). Environmental Law in New Zealand. Pages: 1207.
  • Grinlinton, D. (2017). Tenant liability for negligent damage following Holler v Osaki. New Zealand Universities Law Review, 27 (3), 625-653.
  • Grinlinton, D. (2017). The use of biodiversity offsets in mining and energy development: A view from 'down under'. Environmental Law Review, 19 (4), 244-265. 10.1177/1461452917741479
  • Grinlinton, D. (2017). The continuing relevance of common law property rights and remedies in addressing environmental challenges. McGill Law Journal, 62 (3), 633-686.


Contact details

Primary office location

9 EDEN CRESCENT - Bldg 801
Level 4, Room 416
New Zealand

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