Andrew is currently a senior lecturer at Auckland University School of Law. Previously he has taught at the Law Schools of the University of Waikato and Victoria University of Wellington. Between 2008 and 2012 he was Amnesty International’s lead adviser on Indigenous rights based in London and Geneva and he was also lead counsel in the claim by Taranaki hāpu to Petroleum before the Waitangi Tribunal.
His primary area of research is in indigenous customary law and legal pluralism, and indigenous peoples’ rights in domestic and international law. His PhD thesis (defended in April 2016) examines the politics behind the drafting of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and its implications for domestic application.
This research project looks at what the basic conditions are that would need to be in place in order for whanau/hapu and iwi communities to be ready to engage with Extractive Industry (EI); enter joint ventures with EI; or undertake their own EI projects? It will also investigate what the extractive industries perceptions are of international indigenous rights and business and human rights, as well as how recent developments in international law relating to indigenous rights and corporate accountability could promote Māori economic development through EI?