Courses - Faculty of Law


Law General

Stage IV

LAWGENRL 401
20 Points

Evidence

An overview of the rules related to the presentation of proof in New Zealand courts (civil and criminal) and tribunals, including the rules relating to hearsay, opinion evidence, privilege, examination of witnesses, confessions and the exclusion of illegally obtained evidence.

Prerequisite: LAW 201, 231

Restriction: LAW 425

LAWGENRL 403
20 Points

Special Topic

LAWGENRL 404
20 Points

Special Topic

LAWGENRL 405
20 Points

Community Law Internship

Participation in and report on an approved internship involving at least 150 hours internship with an approved organisation in a community context, and evaluation of the issues arising therefrom.

Prerequisite: LAW 201, 211, 231, 241, 298 or 299

Restriction: LAWGENRL 447

LAWGENRL 420
15 Points

Advocacy

An introduction to the general principles of trial and appellate advocacy in civil and criminal cases, the study of trial preparation and performance with a focus on practical instruction (including demonstrations and exercises which are videotaped and critiqued) and the study of tactical and ethical issues facing litigators.

Prerequisite: LAW 301, 306

Restriction: LAW 347, 410

LAWGENRL 421
15 Points

Civil Procedure

Advanced studies in procedure in civil actions and other civil proceedings with reference to the evolution and history of the present form of civil action, pleadings, discovery and other pre-trial devices; joinder of parties; jurisdiction (including equitable jurisdiction); and appellate procedure.

Prerequisite: LAW 231

Restriction: LAW 413

LAWGENRL 422
15 Points

Women and the Law

A study of the dual role of law in addressing and maintaining gender inequality, feminist thought on the gendered nature of law, and specific legal issues relevant to the status and interests of women in society.

Prerequisite: LAW 201, 211

Restriction: LAW 437

LAWGENRL 423
15 Points

Legal History

Historical analysis of problems currently facing the law in Aotearoa New Zealand with reference to both English sources and indigenous developments.

Prerequisite: LAW 211

Restriction: LAW 441

LAWGENRL 424
15 Points

Negotiation, Mediation and Dispute Resolution

An introduction to negotiation, mediation and dispute resolution covering: (i) a conceptual study of these processes including the study of the function of law, roles of lawyer, ethics, analysis, cultural and socio-economic factors; and (ii) a practical study of these processes including criteria for choosing resolution methods, techniques, attitudes, problem solving strategies, communication techniques, and effectiveness.

Restriction: LAW 447

LAWGENRL 425
15 Points

Psychiatry and the Law

A general introduction to the formal relationship between psychiatry and law; the legal processes affecting compulsory assessment and treatment, including consideration of constitutional and cultural issues, patients rights and the review process; and the law and practice concerning forensic patients.

Prerequisite: LAW 201

Restriction: LAW 448

LAWGENRL 426
15 Points

Roman Law

The significance of Roman Law as an enduring legacy from the ancient world to the modern; a study of the sources and historical development of Roman law; and a study of selected aspects of Roman law including the law of actions (procedure), the law of obligations (contract and delict), family and succession law, and criminal law.

Restriction: LAW 453

LAWGENRL 427
15 Points

Equitable Remedies

Examination of the more important remedies and orders granted in the court's equitable jurisdiction (excluding constructive trusts). Particular attention is directed to remedies in aid of judgment and interlocutory orders to maintain the court's authority over the parties or their property.

Prerequisite: LAW 306

Restriction: LAW 481

LAWGENRL 428
15 Points

South Pacific Legal Studies

Legal study of Pacific Island states located in the regions of Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia. Distinctive features of law arising in Pacific states, including: sources of law; relationships between custom and law; corruption and anti-corruption measures; democracy and governance; constitutional crises and constitutional futures; environmental and trade issues; regional issues; human rights issues.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in International Relations and Business or LAW 211

Restriction: LAW 486

LAWGENRL 429
15 Points

Law of Family Property

Advanced study of the law of property in family contexts, including trusts, succession, and matrimonial property.

Corequisite: LAW 306

Restriction: LAW 445

LAWGENRL 430
15 Points

Advanced Family Law

Advanced problems in selected areas of family law.

Prerequisite: LAWGENRL 402 or 433

Restriction: LAW 407

LAWGENRL 432
15 Points

Healthcare Law

An introduction to the legal and ethical issues related to health care delivery including: the purchase and provision of health services, the relationship between health providers and consumers, professional accountability, codes of rights, legal and ethical issues at the start and end of life, and biomedical research.

Prerequisite: LAW 211, 231

Restriction: LAW 427

LAWGENRL 433
15 Points

Family Law

The law relating to cohabitation and marriage, the establishment of parenthood, and the relationship between parent and child. Study of the interrelationship between the state, the family and child protection and support.

Prerequisite: LAW 211

Restriction: LAW 426, LAWGENRL 402

LAWGENRL 434
15 Points

Trial Advocacy

Examines the principles of trial advocacy in both civil and criminal cases; practical instruction; related procedural, tactical and ethical issues.

Prerequisite: LAW 301, 306

Corequisite: LAWGENRL 401

Restriction: LAW 347, 410, LAWGENRL 420, LAWHONS 707

LAWGENRL 435
15 Points

Theories of Private Law

Different theories of private law and how it leads to different solutions to concrete legal questions. This course explores some of the main schools of normative thought in contemporary private law theory. It examines the key concepts and values associated with each theory before considering different theoretical frameworks for understanding two of the main categories of private law: property and contract.

Prerequisite: LAW 231, 241

Restriction: LAWHONS 739

LAWGENRL 436
15 Points

Air and Space Law

Examines important aspects of international air and space law using examples of how the international law has been implemented and applied in the New Zealand legal system including topical aviation industry issues.

Prerequisite: LAW 211, 241

LAWGENRL 438
10 Points

Housing Law and Policy

An examination of the law and the policy considerations that relate to residential housing including: the historical development and current state of residential tenancy protection legislation; the relationship between social policy and housing regulation; human rights and social equity considerations; economic measures to achieve government policy objectives for housing; regulating the private rental market; property rights and security of tenure issues; ‘consumer protection' measures to ensure safe and habitable housing; housing and natural disasters; retirement housing; new forms of housing ownership; and dispute resolution.

Prerequisite: LAW 301

LAWGENRL 440
10 Points

Youth Justice

An examination of why children and young people may be treated differently by criminal justice systems; comparison of the unique New Zealand youth justice system with international developments; consideration of particular topics, including the response to Māori young people and issues arising from the gender of young offenders.

Prerequisite: LAW 201, 211

Restriction: LAW 439, LAWGENRL 454

LAWGENRL 442
10 Points

Animals and the Law

The history, philosophy, and ethics of humanity's treatment of animals; relevant legislation and case law. Topics include the development of the humane movement; consideration of whether all animals should be treated as property and the justification for such an approach; issues such as standing (whether people should be able to raise legal claims on behalf of animals), the development of animal protection legislation and what it does for animals; and the emergence of a concept of Animal Rights; the use of animals in medical and cosmetic research, hunting, and factory farming; certain international agreements on animals.

Prerequisite: LAW 211

Restriction: LAW 462

LAWGENRL 443
10 Points

Introduction to Common Law

The history, nature and evolution of the Common Law; common law reasoning; the interaction of case law and legislation in a common law system.

Restriction: LAW 472

LAWGENRL 444
10 Points

Contemporary Issues in Land Law

Study of selected contemporary issues in real property. Topics may include: legal theory of real property; the constitution and takings of private property; state regulation of private property; the law of public recreational access; particularly to the waterfront; indigenous challenges to Crown ownership and governance of land, including the beds of water bodies and national parks; the aims of the Torrens system and proposals for reform of the Land Transfer Act 1952, in particular relating to land covenants, fraud and exceptions to indefeasibility.

Prerequisite: LAW 301

LAWGENRL 445
10 Points

The History of the Law of Obligations

The doctrinal history of the law of contract, tort and unjust enrichment from the twelfth century to the twentieth century. Original primary materials in the form of case law and legal treatises are considered.

Prerequisite: LAW 231, 241

Restriction: LAWGENRL 423, LAWHONS 740

LAWGENRL 446
10 Points

Pacific People in Aotearoa: Legal Peripheries

Examines and critiques certain areas and aspects of the law and legal system in New Zealand of particular relevance for Pacific people and communities.

Prerequisite: LAW 211

LAWGENRL 447
10 Points

Community Law Project

Participation in and report on an approved project involving at least 75 hours with an approved organisation in a community context, and evaluation of the issues arising therefrom.

Prerequisite: LAW 201, 211, 231, 241, 298 or 299

Restriction: LAWGENRL 405

LAWGENRL 448
10 Points

Selected Topics in Health Care Law

A selection of topics designed to consolidate and advance understanding of the theory and practice of health care law. The topics covered will vary according to current legal developments, but are likely to include: the law relating to human research and experimentation; legal and ethical issues in abortion, human reproduction, and assisted reproductive technologies; organ and tissue donation; the sterilisation of mental incompetents; the regulation of health professions, medical manslaughter and the disciplinary process; legal issues arising in human genetics, stem cell research, human reproductive cloning. An opportunity for an in-depth examination of relevant, current legal developments relating to health professional practice and patients' rights.

Prerequisite: LAW 211, 231

Restriction: LAW 468

LAWGENRL 449
10 Points

Selected Topics in Media Law

The law governing the media and journalists. Topics to be covered will include some of: defamation, contempt of court, breach of confidence, privacy, the broadcasting legislation, censorship and copyright.

Prerequisite: LAW 211, 231

Restriction: LAWHONS 721

LAWGENRL 450
10 Points

Public Authority Liability

Detailed consideration of the bases in both public and private law on which public authorities or the Crown may be liable to compensate private individuals or entities, and the debates surrounding this issue; the interface between private and public law.

Prerequisite: LAW 201, 211, 231, 241

Restriction: LAW 466, LAWPUBL 450, LAWHONS 742

LAWGENRL 452
15 Points

Appellate Advocacy

General principles of appellate advocacy in both civil and criminal cases; practical instruction; related procedural, tactical and ethical issues.

Prerequisite: LAW 301, 306

Corequisite: LAWGENRL 401

Restriction: LAW 347, 410, LAWGENRL 420, LAWHONS 707

LAWGENRL 453
15 Points

Special Topic: Privacy Law

An examination of the Law relating to privacy in New Zealand with special reference to the common law protection of privacy; the protection of privacy under the Broadcasting Act 1989; and the scope and application of the Privacy Act 2020.

Prerequisite: LAW 211, 231

Restriction: LAWPUBL 453, LAWHONS 744

LAWGENRL 454
15 Points

Special Topic: Youth Justice

A study of how children and young people interact with and are treated by the criminal justice system of Aotearoa New Zealand, with comparison to developments in other jurisdictions. Topics may include causes and responses to youth offending, youth as victims and participants in the criminal process, responses to Māori youth, gender, Family Group Conferences, Rangatahi Courts, and child imprisonment.

Prerequisite: LAW 201

Restriction: LAWGENRL 440

LAWGENRL 455
10 Points

Economic Analysis of Public and Private Law

Examines the role economic thinking can play in legal reasoning. Key economic concepts. Economic analysis applied to tort and contract law, constitutional and public international law, and judicial decision-making.

Prerequisite: LAW 211, 231, 241

LAWGENRL 456
10 Points

Special Topic: “Justice” in Sentencing

Concepts of “Justice” in the sentencing process in Aotearoa are examined and critiqued from multiple perspectives with a particular focus on te Ao Māori and an emphasis on the practical elements involved in sentencing advocacy.

Prerequisite: LAW 201

LAWGENRL 457
10 Points

Special Topic

LAWGENRL 458
15 Points

Special Topic: Pasifika Peoples and the Law

Undeniably, Pasifika peoples in Aotearoa experience a number of inequalities. However, the complex relationships between these inequalities and the law are rarely explored in legal education and scholarship. Therefore, this course aims to give students an understanding of these relationships by encouraging the use of critical perspectives to examine a range of socio-legal issues facing Pasifika communities in Aotearoa today.

LAWGENRL 459
15 Points

Special Topic

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

LAWGENRL 702
30 Points

Foundations of Human Rights

A study of the moral and jurisprudential basis for human rights and for their protection through law including a study of the major theories of justice and rights. Involves individual research resulting in a substantial individual research essay.

LAWGENRL 711
30 Points

Special Topic: Corruption: Comparative and International Approaches

LAWGENRL 712
30 Points

Therapeutic Jurisprudence

The role of the law as a therapeutic agent. The impact of the law on emotional life and psychological wellbeing. Investigation of different areas of the practice of law that may be susceptible to a therapeutic jurisprudence analysis, including drug treatment and mental health courts. Involves individual research resulting in a substantial individual research essay.

LAWGENRL 713
30 Points

Special Topic: Selected Issues in Family Law

LAWGENRL 714
30 Points

Special Topic: International Dispute Resolution

LAWGENRL 715
30 Points

Special Topic: Law of Not-for-Profits

LAWGENRL 716
15 Points

Special Topic: Secured Transactions: Practical

LAWGENRL 717
15 Points

Special Topic

LAWGENRL 718
15 Points

Special Topic: Employment Law: Personal Grievance

LAWGENRL 719
30 Points

Special Topic: Iwi Governance

LAWGENRL 720
30 Points

Law of Evidence

Fundamental principles and policies central to the law of evidence in modern times; consideration of how successfully these competing principles and policies are balanced within New Zealand’s legislation governing the admission of evidence: the Evidence Act 2006. Using examples from New Zealand and abroad, consideration of how these principles and policies interact in particular cases in criminal proceedings. Involves individual research resulting in a substantial individual research essay.

LAWGENRL 721
30 Points

Mediation

The nature of mediation and its strategic advantages and disadvantages, the legal framework of mediation (including the limits of confidentiality and privilege), negotiation theory and effective client representation in mediation. A central focus on current theoretical issues in dispute resolution such as ethical dilemmas, power dynamics in mediation and the future of the justice system. Involves individual research resulting in a substantial individual research essay.

LAWGENRL 722
15 Points

Comparative Law

Comparative law, theory and methodology. Involves individual research resulting in a substantial individual research essay.

LAWGENRL 723
15 Points

Special Topic: Selected Topics in Law of Evidence and Criminal Procedure

LAWGENRL 724
15 Points

Special Topic: Miscarriage of Justice

LAWGENRL 725
15 Points

Special Topic

LAWGENRL 726
15 Points

Special Topic

LAWGENRL 727
15 Points

Special Topic: Health Law

LAWGENRL 728
15 Points

Special Topic

LAWGENRL 729
15 Points

Special Topic

LAWGENRL 730
15 Points

Special Topic

LAWGENRL 731
15 Points

Special Topic

LAWGENRL 732
15 Points

Special Topic

LAWGENRL 770
15 Points

Ideas of Land

An exploration of the challenges posed to legal thinking by social and environmental issues in the twenty-first century. Examination of some central tensions in the theory of property law. The history of common law ideas of land. Debates about theories of property in light of selected current issues in the law. Involves individual research resulting in a substantial individual research essay.

LAWGENRL 771
15 Points

Mediation Theory and Practice

The mediation process, advantages and disadvantages of mediation, the landscape of mediation in New Zealand and internationally, some basic legal framework issues, the role of mediation in the civil justice system, consideration of some issues surrounding ethics, gender and race dynamics and online mediation. Involves individual research resulting in a substantial individual research essay.

LAWGENRL 772
15 Points

Mediation Advocacy

A study of the practice and skills of representing clients effectively in mediation including tactical and ethical issues facing mediators. The relevant legal framework in detail, including the enforceability of mediation agreements, confidentiality and privilege issues, power dynamics and how to deal with common problems in mediation. Involves individual research resulting in a substantial individual research essay.

LAWGENRL 773
15 Points

Theoretical Issues in Therapeutic Jurisprudence

An exploration of the theoretical underpinnings of the idea of law as a therapeutic agent. Involves individual research resulting in a substantial individual research essay.

LAWGENRL 774
15 Points

The Practice of Therapeutic Jurisprudence

Building on Theoretical Issues in Therapeutic Jurisprudence, this course investigates different areas of the practice of law that may be susceptible to a therapeutic jurisprudence analysis, including drug treatment and mental health courts. Involves individual research resulting in a substantial individual research essay.

Prerequisite: LAWGENRL 773

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