Ms Prue Taylor

LLB, LLM(Hons), LLM(Distinction)


Prue Taylor received her legal qualifications from Victoria University, New Zealand and Tulane University, USA. She currently teaches environmental and planning law at the School of Architecture and Planning. She is the Deputy Director of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law and an elected member of the IUCN Commission of Environmental Law and its Ethics Specialist Group. Prue’s specialist interests are in the areas of climate change, human rights, environmental governance, ocean law and policy, property rights and environmental ethics. She has authored numerous books and articles in these areas. Her book, An Ecological Approach to International Law: Responding to the Challenges of Climate Change (Routledge), won a NZ Legal Research Foundation Prize. In 2007 Prue received an outstanding achievement award from the IUCN in recognition of her contribution to law, ethics and climate change. Her current research projects involve the following topics: local government and climate change; climate change ethics; common heritage of mankind and legal strategies for the commons.

Research | Current

  • Climate Change and Climate Change Ethics
  • Ecological and Human Rights
  • Environmental Governance
  • International Environmental Law
  • Local Government
  • Sustainability (law, policy and governance)
  • Oceans Law and Policy
  • Resource Management Law and Policy

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Taylor, P. (2020). Opportunity within Failure: Can the Global Pact for the Environment Learn from Responsibility to Protect?. In L. Westra, K. Bosselmann, M. Fermeglia (Eds.) Ecological Integrity in Science and Law (pp. 227-239). Springer.
  • Taylor, P. E. (2019). Responsibility for the Ecological Integrity of the High Seas: The Role of Natural Law. In L. Westra, K. Bosselmann, V. Zambrano (Eds.) Ecological Integrity and Land Uses: Sovereignty, Governance, Displacements and Land Grabs. Nova Science Publishers.
  • Taylor, P. (2018). The Common Heritage of Mankind: Expanding the Oceanic Circle. In D. Werle (Ed.) The Future of Ocean Governance and Capacity Development: Essays in Honor of Elisabeth Mann Borgese (1918-2002) (pp. 142-150). Brill Nijhoff. 10.1163/9789004380271_025
  • Taylor, P., & Scanlen, K. (2018). The UK Climate Change Act: an Act to follow?. Policy Quarterly, 14 (3), 66-73. 10.26686/pq.v14i3.5106
  • Taylor, P. (2018). Planet Ocean and marine protected areas: an opportunity for ecological commons governance. In L. Westra, K. Bosselmann, J. Gray, K. Gwiazdon (Eds.) Ecological Integrity, Law and Governance (pp. 160-170). Routledge.
  • Taylor, P. (2018). Common heritage of mankind and common concern of humankind. In L. Kraemer, E. Orlando (Eds.) Principles of Environmental Law. Edward Elgar.
  • Brown, D. A., Breakey, H., Burdon, P., Mackey, B., & Taylor, P. (2018). A Four-Step Process for Formulating and Evaluating Legal Commitments Under the Paris Agreement. Carbon & Climate Law Review, 12 (2), 98-109. 10.21552/cclr/2018/2/5
  • Taylor, P. E. (2017). Governing the Global Commons: an ethical-legal framework. Policy Quarterly, 13 (1), 43-50. Related URL.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 7, Room 706
New Zealand