John Hopkins

ProfessorDr John Hopkins

Director of Research
Meremere 332
Internal Phone: 93737
Disasters are about society's response to hazards and law is at the heart of that.

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Dr. Hopkins is a comparative public lawyer who specialises in disaster law, multi-level governance, administrative justice and anti-corruption.

He is current Director of the LEAD Institute for Law Emergencies and Disasters based at UC. He is an Associate Investigator with the NZ Centre for Excellence in Seismic Resilience (QuakeCoRE) and leader of the Flagship 3, Regulating For Resilience Project. Other disaster related projects currently managed by Dr. Hopkins include the Pathways to Resilience stream of the National Science Challenge Urban Programme and the IFRC International Disaster Response Law (IDRL) in the Pacific Project.

In the field of Anti-Corruption, Dr. Hopkins currently leads an international European Union funded project examining Anti-Corruption Mechanisms in the South Pacific Region in a comparative context.

He has held a number of visiting positions including at the University of Georgetown (as the NZ Fulbright scholar), Central European University (Budapest), the University of Primorska (Slovenia) and the University of Oxford. In 2013 he was elected to the International Academy of Comparative Law and is the current New Zealand Chair of the Australasian Law Academics Association.

Recent Publications

  • Hopkins WJ. (2019) Soft Obligations and Hard Realities: Regional Disaster Risk Reduction in Europe and Asia. In Samuel K; Aronsson-Storrier M; Bookmiller K (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law: 219-238. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Hopkins WJ. (2019) The "Dreadful Truth" and Transparent Fictions: Deference in New Zealand Administrative Law. In Zhu G (Ed.), Deference to the Administration in Judicial Review Comparative Perspectives: 345-362. Switzerland: Springer.
  • Hopkins J. (2018) Powers of Foreign Policy and National Defence in Federal Systems. In Grote R; Lachenmann F; Wolfrum R (Ed.), Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Hopkins WJ. (2017) Devolution. In Wolfrum R; Lachenmann F; Grote R (Ed.), Max Plank Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law: 14.Oxford University Press.
  • 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.