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Karen Scott

Associate Dean Research

Amo Matua

Faculty of Law

17 October 2023

About Karen N. Scott

Karen N. Scott is a Professor of Law at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, Associate Dean (Research), and currently Acting Executive Dean of Law. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Ocean Development and International Law (ODIL).  Karen is on the board of seven journals including the Brill Research Perspectives on the Law of the Sea and the Australian Yearbook of International Law.  In July 2023, Karen completed a four-year term as President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL). Karen was Head of the School of Law at the University of Canterbury between 2015 and 2018.  She previously taught at the University of Nottingham in the UK. 



Master of Laws (LLM) (Environmental Law) (with Distinction), 1997

University of Nottingham, UK

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Honours) (2nd Class, Division I), 1996

University of Nottingham, UK


Legal Research Foundation Sir Ian Barker Published Article Award (2021)

Research interests

Karen researches and teaches in the areas of public international law, law of the sea and international environmental law.  Karen has published over 100 edited books, journal articles and book chapters in these areas.  She won the 2021 Legal Research Foundation Sir Ian Barker Published Article Award for her article “Does Aotearoa New Zealand Need an Oceans Policy for Modern Ocean Governance?” 35 (2021) Ocean Yearbook 273 – 339.


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