Qualifications & Memberships
My main research interest is the use of exceptional powers by public actors, also known as government overreach.
I have recently completed research on the use of economic risk rhetoric to justify the securitisation of false threats, i.e. to create the public perception of an impending existential economic catastrophe to justify exceptional government action, even if the risk of such catastrophe is exaggerated or non-existent.
I am also interested in the degree to which public discourse influences the focus of biosecurity policy, and how the popular perception of biosecurity issues aligns with the reality of biosecurity policy.
Finally, I am interested in legal education, specifically in how the increased use of online teaching and learning affects student success.
- Mueller SD. (2018) Trimming the fringe: Should New Zealand limit the cost of borrowing in consumer credit contracts? Waikato Law Review 25: 79-99.
- Mueller S. (2017) Local Democracy and the Agency Model of Local Governance. Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association 10: 76-84.
- Mueller SD. (2017) Extraordinary powers and political constitutionalism. Canterbury Law Review 23: 65-84.
- Mueller SD. (2017) Incommensurable Values: Environment Canterbury and Local Democracy. New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law 15(2): 293-312.
- Mueller SD. (2016) Consumer Repossession Reform in New Zealand. Insolvency Law Journal 24(1): 83-90.