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 J. (2021) Smoke, Mirrors and Legal Uncertainty: The Rights and Wrongs of new Zealand's COVID-19 Response. In Kirchner S (Ed.), Governing the Crisis: Law, Human Rights and COVID-19: 232-248. Zurich: LIT Verlag Münster.
  • Hopkins WJ., O'Connor H. and Johnston D. (2021) Regulating for Resilience. New Zealand Law Journal 2021: 10-14.
  • John Hopkins W. (2021) Pacific (2019). Yearbook of International Disaster Law Online 2(1): 437-444.
  • Masselot A. and Hopkins WJ. (2021) New Zealand CoVID response: Leadership, communication and trust. online book seminar: Global Threat, National Responses: Policy Styles and Trust in the Age of Pandemics, 26-29 Apr 2021.
  • O’Connor H., Hopkins WJ. and Johnston D. (2021) For the greater good? Data and disasters in a post-COVID world. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 51(S1): S214-S231.