Natalie’s current research interests lie in the areas of refugee law, international human rights, Pacific legal studies and the scholarship of teaching and learning. In relation to refugee law, current projects include New Zealand's complementary protection jurisprudence since the enactment of the Immigration Act 2009, and New Zealand's under-developed system for responding to claims for protection from stateless people. In the human rights context, a major focus has been the impact of the UN's Universal Periodic Review mechanism, in both New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. In 2014, along with a group of enthusiastic students, Natalie coordinated a submission for New Zealand's second Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council on the human rights impacts of the Canterbury earthquakes. Natalie is also a member of the Socio-Legal Studies Group in the Law School, which is currently engaged in a longitudinal study of the 2014 intake of New Zealand law students.
- Baird N. (2020) Constitutions, Citizenship and the Shadow of Statelessness. Statelessness & Citizenship Review 2(2): 377-383.
- Baird N. (2020) Stateless Person. In Grote R; Lachenmann F; Wolfrum R (Ed.), Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law: 13pp. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Baird N. and Powell R. (2020) Surrogacy and Human Rights in New Zealand. In Surrogacy and Human Rights in New Zealand, School of Law, University of Canterbury. 1-60.
- Baird N. (2019) Disasters, Human Rights and Vulnerability: Reflections from the Experiences of Older Persons in Post-Quake Canterbury. Yearbook of International Disaster Law 2: 314-340.
- Baird N. (2019) Commercial Surrogacy and the Sale of Children: A Call to Action for the Committee on the Rights of the Child. In Masselot A; Powell R (Ed.), Perspectives on Commercial Surrogacy in New Zealand: Ethics, Law, Policy and Rights: 115-136. Christchurch: Centre for Commercial & Corporate Law Inc, University of Canterbury.