Following on from the announcement of the confirmed speakers for Plenary Session 4 Access to Environmental Justice, the Organizing Committee is delighted to profile Judge Laurie Newhook, Acting Principal Environment Judge, New Zealand Environment Court who will convene this session together with Professor Nicholas Robinson of Pace University, New York, USA.


Environment Judge Newhook was appointed to the Environment Court of New Zealand in August 2001. He had graduated from Auckland University with an LLB (Hons) degree in 1972 and was admitted to the Bar in New Zealand in the same year. From 1976 he was a partner of the law firm Brookfields and antecedent firms. He practiced resource management and environment law, local government, civil, and commercial litigation. The latter had an emphasis on land, maritime matters, construction law and work in mediation and arbitration.

In the areas of resource management and environment law he acted for Councils, landowners, developers, iwi, community groups and environmental groups.

Judge Newhook is an Associate Member of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand Inc, and a member of the Resource Management Law Association Inc.

Judge Newhook has been acting Principal Environment Judge since August 2011.

Organizing Committee: 11th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium 2013