Courses - Faculty of Law


Law Honours

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

LAWHONS 702A
10 Points

LAWHONS 702B
10 Points

Human Rights

The legal modes for protection of human rights, including the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 and the Human Rights Act 1993, freedom of expression and religion, criminal procedural rights, equality, and the prohibited grounds of discrimination.

Restriction: LAW 342, 452

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 702 A and B

LAWHONS 706A
10 Points

LAWHONS 706B
10 Points

Criminal Law and Policy

An in-depth analysis of current issues in substantive and procedural criminal law including: the role and function of forensic experts, developments in criminal law, criminal justice theory and criminal law reform.

Restriction: LAW 346

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 706 A and B

LAWHONS 716A
10 Points

LAWHONS 716B
10 Points

Legal History

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

Restriction: LAW 356

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 716 A and B

LAWHONS 720A
10 Points

LAWHONS 720B
10 Points

Maritime Law

A study of the law governing ships including: the ownership of and property in ships, charter parties, ship mortgages, law of carriage, shipboard crimes and torts, the law of collision, salvage, wrecks, the admiralty jurisdiction of the courts, national shipping laws, the international regulatory framework, the conflict of laws rules applicable to admiralty disputes and marine insurance.

Restriction: LAW 360

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 720 A and B

LAWHONS 721A
10 Points

LAWHONS 721B
10 Points

Media Law

Topics on the law governing the media and journalists including: defamation, contempt of court, breach of confidence, privacy, the broadcasting legislation, censorship and copyright.

Restriction: LAW 361, LAWGENRL 449

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 721 A and B

LAWHONS 722A
10 Points

LAWHONS 722B
10 Points

Medico-legal Problems

Selected studies in the relationship between law and medicine 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.

Restriction: LAW 362

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 722 A and B

LAWHONS 728A
10 Points

LAWHONS 728B
10 Points

Studies in Public Law

Advanced studies in respect of the principles and workings of the New Zealand constitution, the powers, privileges and immunities of the three branches of government, the exercise and control of government power and the relationship between the individual and the state (including the position of Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi).

Restriction: LAW 368, 403, 404

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 728 A and B

LAWHONS 729A
10 Points

LAWHONS 729B
10 Points

Studies in Torts

A study of policy issues in the law of tort, developments in the law of negligence, the economic torts, breach of statutory duty, invasion of privacy, informed consent, defences and remedies.

Restriction: LAW 369

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 729 A and B

LAWHONS 733A
10 Points

LAWHONS 733B
10 Points

Studies in Contract Law

Advanced studies of selected topics in contract law (and related areas), which may include consideration of the history of contract law, various jurisprudential and/or comparative approaches to contract law, various doctrines of contract law, the law of remedies and statutory reform of contract law.

Restriction: LAW 383

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 733 A and B

LAWHONS 734A
10 Points

LAWHONS 734B
10 Points

Issues in Insurance Law

A consideration of the law governing insurance contracts, including the duty of utmost good faith; the interpretation of the policy; the scope of cover; warranties and conditions; the claims process and fraudulent claims; and quantification of the insurer’s obligations; subrogation and recoupment; and third party rights.

Restriction: LAW 384, 431, LAWCOMM 424, 453

Restriction: LAWCOMM 424, 453

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 734 A and B

LAWHONS 735A
10 Points

LAWHONS 735B
10 Points

Corruption and Democracy

Corruption has devastating implications for self-government. This seminar explores how corruption manifests within democracies specifically: the impact of corruption on democratic values and priorities; the inequalities it creates within political and economic systems; the environmental destruction and the potential for human rights violations it creates - all from the perspective of distinct sources of law including constitutions and treaties.

Restriction: LAW 385, LAWPUBL 467

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 735 A and B

LAWHONS 736A
10 Points

LAWHONS 736B
10 Points

Topics in International Law

An in-depth analysis of selected topics in historical and contemporary international law, the aim of which is to provide students with a deeper appreciation of the theoretical debates in the discipline, as well as a broader understanding of the topics being studied.

Corequisite: LAW 435 or LAWPUBL 402

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 736 A and B

LAWHONS 737A
10 Points

LAWHONS 737B
10 Points

Law of Agency

A study of the principles of agency law and selected applications thereof.

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 737 A and B

LAWHONS 738A
10 Points

LAWHONS 738B
10 Points

Studies in Company Law and Contract Law

An advanced study of selected topics in the areas of company law and contract law, including the relationship between directors, theories of the company, comparative corporate law, shareholders and the company, consideration of the history of contract law, various jurisprudential and/or comparative approaches to contract law, various doctrines of contract law and potential statutory reform of contract law.

Corequisite: LAWCOMM 402

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 738 A and B

LAWHONS 739A
10 Points

LAWHONS 739B
10 Points

Theoretical Foundations of Private Law

Explores some of the main schools of thought in contemporary private law theory, including formalism, realism, economic analysis and critical legal studies. 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.

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 739 A and B

LAWHONS 740A
10 Points

LAWHONS 740B
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.

Restriction: LAW 356, LAWGENRL 445

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 740 A and B

LAWHONS 741A
10 Points

LAWHONS 741B
10 Points

Indigenous Peoples and the Law

An overall consideration of Indigenous peoples in international, constitutional and human rights law in New Zealand and internationally.

Restriction: LAWPUBL 446

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 741 A and B

LAWHONS 742A
10 Points

LAWHONS 742B
10 Points

Public Authority Liability

Covers the various public and private law bases for monetary liability of public authorities (with a focus on Torts); the doctrinal and policy debates surrounding such liability; the uncertain interface between private and public law.

Restriction: LAW 466, LAWGENRL 450, LAWPUBL 450

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 742 A and B

LAWHONS 743A
10 Points

LAWHONS 743B
10 Points

Refugee and Immigration Law

Advanced studies on a range of refugee and immigration law matters including: the history and development of the international refugee system, changing understandings of refugees, detention systems and camps, people smuggling, themes in New Zealand immigration law history, the securitisation of immigration law and prospects of a borderless world. The course will incorporate history, theory, policy and critical analysis.

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 743 A and B

LAWHONS 744
20 Points

LAWHONS 744A
10 Points

LAWHONS 744B
10 Points

Special Topic: Privacy Law

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 744 A and B, or LAWHONS 744

LAWHONS 745
20 Points

Corporate Governance

A study of the governance of corporations adopting comparative, and law-and-economics perspectives including the role and obligations of the board, the legal and economic relationships between corporate constituents, and trends and developments in corporate governance.

LAWHONS 746A
10 Points

LAWHONS 746B
10 Points

Concepts in Law and Security

An in-depth analysis of theoretical concepts related to law and security. The aims of the course are to introduce students to key concepts in the relevant academic discourse, to explore the ways in which these concepts frame discussions regarding law and security in the post-9/11 era, and to examine the extent to which those concepts influence policy, practice and discourse.

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 746 A and B

LAWHONS 747A
10 Points

LAWHONS 747B
10 Points

Law of Restitution

A study of the law of just restitution, including its general principles, the concept of unjust enrichment, and the relationship of the subject with other areas of law, including the law of property, contract law, and the law of tort. Consideration is also given to selected areas of practical application, such as the reversal of transfers for mistake, impaired judgement, duress and failure of conditions, and profiting from wrongs.

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 747 A and B

LAWHONS 748A
10 Points

LAWHONS 748B
10 Points

Special Topic: International Taxation

Tests of residence for individuals and corporations. The wider tax base for off-shore income of New Zealand residents. Income derived by overseas residents from New Zealand activities. The Double Tax Treaty System. Selecting the country of residence. Anti-avoidance measures directed at transnational activity. The use of tax havens. As well as New Zealand taxation law, the course also examines the municipal revenue law of some of our trading partners. Involves individual research resulting in a substantial individual research essay.

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 748 A and B

LAWHONS 749A
10 Points

LAWHONS 749B
10 Points

Special Topic: Global Environmental Law

Examines environmental law and governance from the international, regional and national levels. The global coverage includes international environmental law and draws on experiences from the European Union, United States, Canada, South America, Australia and New Zealand. The topics include state sovereignty, the UN system, principles and sources of international environmental law, climate change, biodiversity, human rights and current developments in global and domestic environmental governance.

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 749 A and B

LAWHONS 750A
10 Points

LAWHONS 750B
10 Points

Special Topic: Tax Law and Policy

Covers tax law and policy generally including: theoretical aspects of tax system design; New Zealand’s system of income tax and GST; problems such as tax avoidance and the taxation of large, heavily digitalized multinational enterprises; and possibilities for reform such as capital gains tax and death duties.

Corequisite: LAWCOMM 403

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 750 A and B

LAWHONS 751A
10 Points

LAWHONS 751B
10 Points

Special Topic: Politics of Private Law

Covers the principal schools of political thought on the place of private law in modern society, including libertarian, Marxist, egalitarian, and neo-liberal theories. Discusses the political stakes involved in structuring and regulating private transactions. Evaluates the appropriateness of different modalities of generating private law, including traditional adjudication, democratic legislation, and the work of private legislatures.

Restriction: LAWCOMM 465

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 751 A and B

LAWHONS 752A
10 Points

LAWHONS 752B
10 Points

Special Topic: Complex Litigation

The rise of globalisation and technology has created complex litigation challenges for victims of mass harms. This course examines comparative theoretical, ideological and economic policies which underpin complex litigation systems with a particular focus on the use of regulatory actions, class actions and litigation funding entities. It also examines major procedural and substantive issues that arise in complex civil litigation.

Restriction: LAWGENRL 406, 457

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 752 A and B

LAWHONS 753A
10 Points

LAWHONS 753B
10 Points

Special Topic

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 753 A and B

LAWHONS 754A
10 Points

LAWHONS 754B
10 Points

Special Topic

To complete this course students must enrol in LAWHONS 754 A and B

LAWHONS 789
40 Points

Dissertation - Level 9

A dissertation of approximately 15,000 words resulting from original research of the student, having the scope, and depth of research, of a competent law review article. The topic of the dissertation needs the approval of the Dean of Faculty of Law.

Restriction: LAW 789

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