UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Professor Jeremy Finn

School of Law



Fields of Research

  • Contract
  • Criminal Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • New Zealand and Colonial legal history
  • Earthquake research

Researcher Summary

Research areas include Criminal Law, the Law of Contract, Intellectual Property Law and Legal History. His current research projects are in the fields of intellectual property law and legal history. The former includes aspects of copyright law, trade marks, passing off, and the accommodation of indigenous peoples' interests within the existing law. The latter focuses on comparative colonial legal history, the transmission of legal ideas and information between jurisdictions, the early legal history of Canterbury and the Canterbury Law School.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Projects

Research Groups

Future Research

  • Majority verdicts in criminal trials
  • Early New Zealand judge-made law
  • Exceptions to the double jeopardy rule
  • Intellectual property in personae and images of celebrities
  • History of the Canterbury Law School

Affiliations

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

(Displaying research/scholarly/creative work for last six years)
  • Burrows J., Finn J. and Todd S. (2016) The Law of Contract in New Zealand. (5th ed.). Wellington: LexisNexis NZ. 934. (Authored Books)
  • Collins T., Finn J., Holderness H., Hopkins W. and Toomey E. (2016) The Canterbury earthquakes 2010-11 - selected legal issues. Australian Environment Review 31(9) 3: 324-328. (Journal Articles)
  • Finn JN. (2016) “Case Note: ASG v Hayne – A Case of Publish And Not Be Damned”. NZ Criminal Law Review 1(2): 86-91. (Journal Articles)
  • Finn JN. (2016) The West Coast Goldfields Lawyers. Perth, Western Australia: Australia and New Zealand Law and History Conference, 7-9 Dec 2016 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Finn JN. (2016) Criminal Procedure update (July). In France S (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law: Criminal Procedure: 42. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn JN. (2016) Offences and Defences Update (March). In France S (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law:Offences and Defences: 71. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn JN. and Toomey E. (2016) Of fences, cliffs and ambulances: condominium governance and preparing for adverse event. Barcelona: COMPARATIVE SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY SYMPOSIUM, 21-22 Nov 2016 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Finn JN., Toomey E. and France-Hudson B. (2016) “Damage, Destruction, Distress: Shared Ownership Debacles”. Canterbury Law Review 22(1): 57-81. (Journal Articles)
  • Finn JN., Toomey E. and France-Hudson B. (2016) Repairs, renovation, restoration, demolition or replacement of multi-dwelling units on a single title Professor Jeremy Finn, Professor Elizabeth Toomey and Dr Ben France-Hudson introduce the BRANZ Research Project. New Zealand Law Journal 2016(6): 208-212. (Journal Articles)
  • Finn JN., Toomey E. and France-Hudson B. (2016) Toward simpler legal frameworks for condominiums: safeguarding the interests of owners and residents. Deakin University, Melbourne: International Research Forum on Multi-owned Properties, 9-10 Feb 2017 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Toomey E., Finn J. and France-Hudson B. (2016) Repairs, Renovation, Restoration, Demolition or Replacement of Multi-Dwelling Units on a Single Title: BRANZ Research Project. Auckland, New Zealand: Australasian Housing Research Conference, 17-19 Feb 2016 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Toomey E., Finn J., Jones AM. and Green Jr T. (2016) Damage Destruction Distress: Shared Ownership Debacles. Christchurch, New Zealand: "Protecting Property Through Legislative an Technological Change" 13th Australasian Property Law Teachers Conference, 14-15 Apr 2016 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Collins TL. (2015) The Problems Encountered by Commercial Landlords and Tenants after the Canterbury Earthquakes. In Finn J; Toomey E (Ed.), Legal Response to Natural Disasters: 301-321. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. (2015) Emergency situations and the defence of necessity. LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia: Criminal Law Workshop, 19-19 Feb 2015 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Finn J. (2015) George Hutchison, the Criminal Evidence Act 1889 and the widespread debate about the "no adverse inferences" rule. University of Adelaide, Australia: Australian and New Zealand Law and History Conference, 10-10 Dec 2015 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Finn J. (2015) Symbol and myth: Magna C(h)arta in legal and public discourse about law and rights in New Zealand 1840-1940. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: New Zealand Historical Association Conference (NZHA), 2-4 Dec 2015 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Finn J. (2015) An Unusual link, Natural Disasters, Criminal Law and Justice and the Legal Position of Volunteers. In Finn J; Toomey E (Ed.), Legal Response to Natural Disasters: 123-152. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. (2015) Commentary update (April). In Robertson JB (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law: Offences and Defences: 30pp. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. (2015) Commentary update (February). In Robertson JB (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law: Criminal Procedure: 51pp. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. (2015) Commentary Update (June). In Robertson JB (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law: Criminal Procedure: 48pp. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. (2015) Commentary Update (March): Crimes Act. In Robertson JB (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law: Offences and Defences: 9pp. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. (2015) Commentary update (May). In Robertson JB (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law: Criminal Procedure: 18pp. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. (2015) Commentary update (October). In France S (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law: Criminal Procedure: 72pp. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. (2015) Commentary Update (October). In Robertson JB (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law: Offences and Defences: 37pp. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. (2015) Floods. In Finn J; Toomey E (Ed.), Legal Response to Natural Disasters: 77-94. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. (2015) Frustration of Contract and Dealing with Disasters. In Finn J; Toomey E (Ed.), Legal Response to Natural Disasters: 153-164. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. (2015) Insurance Issues. In Finn J; Toomey E (Ed.), Legal Response to Natural Disasters: 195-226. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. (2015) Introduction. In Finn J; Toomey E (Ed.), Legal Response to Natural Disasters: 1-8. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. (2015) Methodology. In Finn J; Toomey E (Ed.), Legal Response to Natural Disasters: 9-14. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. and Mathias D. (2015) Criminal Procedure in New Zealand. (2nd ed.). Wellington: Thomson Reuters. 313pp. (Authored Books)
  • Finn J. and Toomey E. (2015) Legal Responses to Natural Disasters. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. 377pp. (Authored Books)
  • Finn J. and Toomey E. (2015) United States of America Experiences. In Finn J; Toomey E (Ed.), Legal Response to Natural Disasters: 53-76. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn J., Cheer U. and Rosanowski S. (2015) Media, Family and Employment. In Finn J; Toomey E (Ed.), Legal Response to Natural Disasters: 95-122. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn J., Holderness H. and Toomey E. (2015) Paying Out After a Natural Disaster: The Earthquake Commission, Private Insurance and Red-Zone Payouts after the Canterbury (New Zealand) Earthquakes. Gold Coast, Australia: Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference, 3-5 May 2015. In Proceedings: 80-99. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Toomey E., Finn J. and Kipp P. (2015) Submission to Regulations Review Committee: Inquiry into Parliament's Legislative Response for Future National Emergencies.Commissioned by Regulations Review Committee. (Reports)
  • Wilson D. (2015) Fair Trading Act. In Hawes C (Ed.), Commercial Law in New Zealand Wellington: LexisNexis. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. and Todd S. (2014) Discharge of contract. In Hawes C (Ed.), Butterworths Introduction to Commercial Law (4th ed.): 183-195. Wellington: LexisNexis. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. and Todd S. (2014) Formation of a contract. In Hawes C (Ed.), Butterworths Introduction to Commercial Law (4th ed.): 13-44. Wellington: LexisNexis. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. and Todd S. (2014) Introduction. In Hawes C (Ed.), Butterworths Introduction to Commercial Law (4th ed.): 1-6. Wellington: LexisNexis. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. and Todd S. (2014) Introduction: the nature of contract. In Hawes C (Ed.), Butterworths Introduction to Commercial Law (4th ed.): 7-12. Wellington: LexisNexis. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. and Todd S. (2014) Misrepresentation and breach of contract. In Hawes C (Ed.), Butterworths Introduction to Commercial Law (4th ed.): 133-182. Wellington: LexisNexis. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. and Todd S. (2014) Privity and assignmennt. In Hawes C (Ed.), Butterworths Introduction to Commercial Law (4th ed.): 111-132. Wellington: LexisNexis. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. and Todd S. (2014) The terms of the contract. In Hawes C (Ed.), Butterworths Introduction to Commercial Law (4th ed.): 45-70. Wellington: LexisNexis. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. and Todd S. (2014) Vitiating elements. In Hawes C (Ed.), Butterworths Introduction to Commercial Law (4th ed.): 71-110. Wellington: LexisNexis. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. and Toomey E. (2014) Lessons learnt from the Canterbury Earthquakes. Gold Coast, Australia: Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference 2014 (ANZDMC), 5-7 May 2014. In Proceedings: 28-46. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Finn JN. (2014) Fit and proper but not solvent: the slow development of financial security as a requirement to legal practice in New Zealand. Aanuka Resort, Coff's Harbour, NSW. (Oral Presentations)
  • Finn JN. (2014) Commentary Update (Apr): Crimes Act. In Robertson JB (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law: Offences and Defences: 20pp. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn JN. (2014) Commentary Update (Jun): Bail Act. In Robertson JB (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law: Criminal Procedure: 27pp. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn JN. (2014) Commentary Update (May): Trial Procedure. In Robertson JB (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law: Criminal Procedure: 38pp. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn JN. (2014) Commentary Update (Nov): Trial Procedure. In Robertson JB (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law: Criminal Procedure: 21pp. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn JN. (2014) Commentary Update (Oct): Bail Act. In Robertson JB (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law: Criminal Procedure: 21pp. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn JN. (2014) Commentary Update (Sep): Crimes Act. In Robertson JB (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law: Offences and Defences: 23pp. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Finn JN. (2014) Criminal Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. In Robertson JB (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law: Criminal Procedure: 4pp. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Wilson D. and Finn J. (2014) Fair Trading Act 1986. In Hawes C (Ed.), Butterworths Introduction to Commercial Law (4th ed.): 195-232. Wellington: LexisNexis. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. (2013) Lawyers, 'place' and power. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand: Australian New Zealand Law and History Conference, 26-26 Nov 2013 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Finn J. (2013) The legal position of volunteers and natural disasters. Vancouver, Canada: Law on the Edge; Canadian Law & Society annual conference, 2-4 Jul 2013 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Finn J. and Toomey E. (2013) Sustainability and Disasters: The View from New Zealand. Hiroshima, Japan: Ninth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 23-25 Jan 2013 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Finn J., Mathias D. and Mansfield R. (2013) Criminal Procedure in New Zealand. Wellington: Thomson Reuters. 267pp. (Authored Books)
  • Finn JN. (2013) "Spreading the word": Exploring the transmission of legal information through the British Empire. Canterbury Law Review 19: 26-51. (Journal Articles)
  • Burrows JF., Finn J. and Todd S. (2012) Law of Contract in New Zealand. (4th ed.). Wellington: LexisNexis. 960pp. (Authored Books)
  • Finn J. (2012) Spreading the word: Exploring the transmission of legal information through the British Empire. Singapore: Legal Histories of the British Empire Conference, 5-7 Jul 2012 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Finn J. (2012) The Founders of the New Zealand Legal Profession: The First Cohort of Lawyers 1841-1851. New Zealand Universities Law Review 25(1): 24-45. (Journal Articles)
  • Finn J. (2012) The impact of the Canterbury earthquakes on the legal profession. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: University of Canterbury Earthquake Research Forum, 5-5 Jun 2012 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Finn J. (2012) Commentary Update (April): Crimes Act. In Robertson JB (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law: 59pp. Wellington: Brookers. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. and Toomey E. (2012) A first glimpse as to how the legal profession responded to the earthquakes. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: Legal Issues Arising from the Earthquakes, 29-29 Aug 2012 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Newbold G., Finn J., McVicar G. and O'Connor G. (2012) The NZ Bail Laws. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: Public Debate. (Oral Presentations)
  • Toomey E. and Finn J. (2012) What If we found answers to the legal issues arising from the Canterbury earthquakes? Christchurch, New Zealand: "What If" University of Canterbury Community Lecture Series. (Oral Presentations)
  • Finn J. (2011) Decision-making and decision makers in sexual offence trials: Options for specialist sexual offence courts, tribunals of fact and the giving of reasons. Canterbury Law Review 17(1): 96-119. (Journal Articles)
  • Finn J. (2011) Making the procedure fit the crimes: Options for procedural change in sexual offence cases. Canterbury Law Review 17(1): 47-65. (Journal Articles)
  • Finn J. (2011) The first decade of the New Zealand legal profession: The first cohort of lawyers 1841-1851. Brisbane, Australia: 30th Annual Australian and New Zealand Law and History Conference (ANZLHS), 12-13 Dec 2011 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Finn J. (2011) Chapter update (June): Trial Procedure. In Robertson JB (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law (looseleaf) (3rd ed.): 35. Wellington: Brookers. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. (2011) Chapter update (November): Trial Procedure. In Robertson JB (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law. (looseleaf): 36pp. Wellington: Brookers. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. (2011) Commentary update (April): Crimes Act. In Robertson JB (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law (looseleaf) (3rd ed.): 54. Wellington: Brookers. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. (2011) Commentary update (May): Bail Act 2000. In Robertson JB (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law (looseleaf ed) (3rd ed.): 19. Wellington: Brookers. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. (2011) Commentary update (November): Bail Act 2000. In Robertson JB (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law (looseleaf ed) (3rd ed.): 13. Wellington: Brookers. (Chapters)
  • Finn J. (2011) Commentary update (November): Crimes Act. In Robertson JB (Ed.), Adams on Criminal Law (looseleaf) (3rd ed.): 64. Wellington: Brookers. (Chapters)
  • Finn J., McDonald E. and Tinsley Y. (2011) Introduction to this Special Issue. Canterbury Law Review 16: 1-7. (Journal Articles)
  • Finn J., McDonald E. and Tinsley Y. (2011) Identifying and Qualifying the Decision-Maker: the Case for Specialisation. In McDonald E; Tinsley Y (Ed.), From "Real Rape" to Real Justice: Prosecuting Rape in New Zealand: 221-278. Wellington: Victoria University Press. (Chapters)
  • Finn J., McDonald E. and Tinsley Y. (2011) The potential impact of other proposed reforms on processes in sexual violence cases. In McDonald E; Tinsley Y (Ed.), From "Real Rape" to Real Justice: Prosecuting Rape in New Zealand: 105-119. Wellington: Victoria University Press. (Chapters)
  • Todd S., Burrows J. and Finn J. (2011) Contract Law in New Zealand. The Hague: Wolters Kluwer. 304pp. (Authored Books)