Paul McHugh was born in Gisborne in 1958. He gained an LLB (Hons) from Victoria University in Wellington, an LLM from the University of Saskatchewan, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. His PhD dissertation, The Aboriginal Rights of the New Zealand Māori at Common Law, won a Yorke Prize for outstanding law dissertations. His pioneering work on common law aboriginal title has had a major impact on the field of Māori rights. His work has influenced Government policy and legislation, notably in fisheries. His more recent endeavours have become inter-disciplinary, linking law to the history of political thought. He has written commissioned papers for the New Zealand and Canadian Ministries of Justice. Paul is a Reader in Law at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.
Aboriginal Title: The Modern Jurisprudence of Tribal Land Rights (Oxford University Press, 2011)
Aboriginal Societies and the Common Law: A History of Sovereignty Status and Land (Oxford University Press, 2004)
Histories, Power and Loss: Uses of the Past – A New Zealand Commentary, co-edited with Andrew Sharp (Bridget Williams Books, 2001)
Te Kokiri Ngatahi: Living Relationships (Victoria University Press, 1999)
The Māori Magna Carta (Oxford University Press, 1991)