Dr John Hopkins - School of Law - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

John HopkinsAssociate Professor John Hopkins


Associate Professor


  • BA(Hons) Strath (1992)
  • PhD Sheff (1996)
  • PGCert (Tertiary Teaching) Cant (2012)

Contact Details

Room 332 Business and Law
Phone: +64 3 369 3737
Extension: 93737

Postal address

School of Law
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand


Dr. Hopkins is a public lawyer who also works in the fields of comparative, European and international law. He has a wide range of teaching interests including New Zealand Public Law, European Union Law and International Law and Governance. His European Public Law course is supported by the European Commission which awarded it a Jean-Monnet grant in 2009. In 2012 he was a New Zealand Fulbright scholar teaching International Law and Global Governance and the University of Georgetown, Washington DC.

John has published in a wide range of subject areas in the broad field of public law. He has particular interest in the non-judicial aspects of administrative law and is currently working on a major project examining these institutions in New Zealand.

Much of his work has examined the development of federal or multi-level governance at the domestic and international levels. Although most of his work has examined systems of autonomy within states, and he was the author of a seminal text on the subject in 2002, his recent focus has been the connection between domestic and international public law and the application of federal ideas to international organisations. He currently co-chairs an EU/NZ project examining the use of “soft” law in exporting legal norms.

John’s interest in comparative law was sparked by the international nature of his legal education. He undertook his undergraduate studies in Modern History and Law at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) and Trinity College Dublin before moving to the University of Sheffield, England to undertake his PhD. He also holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching from the University of Canterbury.

Dr. Hopkins has worked as an academic at the Universities of Sheffield, Newcastle (at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies) and Hull in the United Kingdom. In 2003 he emigrated to New Zealand and worked at the University of Waikato before moving to UC in 2006. He has held visiting lecturer positions in Germany and the United States and is a former Deputy Directory of the Institute of European Public Law.

Active Research

  • Administrative Law in New Zealand
  • International Governance
  • The Trans-Tasman Relationship
  • Federalism/Regionalism

Research Profile