Associate Professor John Ip
BA, LLB(Hons), LLM (Columbia)
John Ip's research interests lie in public and constitutional law, with a particular focus on legal issues arising out of post-9/11 counterterrorism measures, and in law and popular culture.
John is a graduate of the University of Auckland, and completed his postgraduate studies at Columbia University Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar. Prior to joining the Faculty of Law in 2005, John worked on Guantánamo Bay and death penalty litigation at a non-governmental organisation in the United States, and was a Judges' Clerk at the Auckland High Court.
Research | Current
- The normalisation of exceptional counterterrorism measures
- Suspicionless counterterrorism stop and search powers
- Counterrorism legislation concerning foreign fighters
- New Zealand's response to the 15/3 attack
Teaching | Current
- LAW 211 - Public Law
- LAWHONS 746 - Concepts in Law and Security
Recent thesis/dissertation supervision topics
- Law, exception and Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy
- The use of artificial intelligence in counterterrorism
- The Weaponisation of Information
- New Zealand's Response to the Foreign Fighter Phenomenon
- A Case for a Parliamentary Human Rights Committee
- Employment Preferences for Maori in the Public Health Sector
- Counterterrorism, sting operations and entrapment
- Narrowing the scope of the European Convention on Human Rights in the Control Order Cases
- New Zealand’s police pursuit policy and an argument for its reform
- The Motive Element in the Definition of a Terrorist Act
- The Case for Compulsory Voting in New Zealand
- The Office of Legal Counsel's post-2002 torture memoranda
- Operation Neptune Spear: the targeted killing of Osama Bin Laden
- Police discretion in The Wire
- The sanctions regime under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1267
Areas of expertise
- Counterterrorism and constitutionalism
- Law and security
- Comparative counterterrorism law
- Public and constitutional law
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Ip, J. (2017). The legality of 'suspicionless' stop and search powers under the European Convention on Human Rights. Human Rights Law Review, 17 (3), 523-544. 10.1093/hrlr/ngw025
- Ip, J. (2016). The making of New Zealand’s foreign fighter legislation: Timely response or undue haste?. Public Law Review, 27 (3), 181-197.
- Ip, J. (2015). Terrorism laws and constitutional accountability. In G. Lennon, C. Walker (Eds.) Routledge handbook of law and terrorism (pp. 99-115). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
- Ip, J. C. (2013). The Reform of Counterterrorism Stop and Search after Gillan v. United Kingdom. Human Rights Law Review, 13 (4), 729-760. Related URL.
- Ip, J. C. (2013). Sunset Clauses and Counterterrorism Legislation. Public Law, January, 74-99. 10.2139/ssrn.1853945
- Ip, J. (2012). Al Rawi, Tariq, and the Future of Closed Material Procedures and Special Advocates. Modern Law Review, 75 (4), 606-623. 10.1111/j.1468-2230.2012.00916.x
- Ip, J. C. (2011). The Dark Knight’s War on Terrorism. Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, 9 (1), 209-229.
- Ip, J. C. (2010). The Supreme Court and House of Lords in the War on Terror: Inter Arma Silent Leges?. Michigan State Journal of International Law, 19 (1), 1-61.