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Master of Emerging Technologies Law (METL)

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Overview

The Master of Emerging Technologies Law (METL) focuses on ways in which law is responding to the challenges and opportunities afforded by emerging technologies.

The programme covers the regulation, governance and implications of new technologies in society and provides the opportunity for legal practitioners and other professionals who have completed a four-year degree to investigate an area of law that has growing international relevance and importance.

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Contact details

Faculty of Law

Email law@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/law

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Subject Area

Regulations for the Degree of Master of Emerging Technologies Law (METL)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) on the advice of the Dean of Law.
    2. Every applicant must either
      1. have completed the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Laws with Honours at a University in New Zealand with an average grade of at least B+ in the optional papers for the degree; or
      2. have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) on the advice of the Dean of Law.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme of study shall consist of three 30-point papers together with a 30-point research dissertation (120 points total):
      LAWS 501 Emerging Technologies and the Law (30 points)
      LAWS 680 Research Dissertation (30 points)
      and two of
      LAWS 602 The Genomic Future and the Law (30 points)
      LAWS 603 Commercialisation of Emerging Technologies (30 points)
      LAWS 604 Law in the Digital Age (30 points)

  3. Duration of the Programme

    A full-time candidate should complete the requirements of the degree within twelve months. A part-time candidate should complete the requirements of the degree within twenty-four months. Exceptions shall be permitted only with approval of the Dean of Law.

  4. Examination of the Research Dissertation

    1. The research dissertation shall be assessed by at least two examiners, at least one of whom shall be external to the University.
    2. The candidate's supervisor shall not be an examiner but may make a report on the work of the candidate to the Dean of Law.
    3. Each examiner shall supply a written report on the research dissertation and recommend a mark and grade on the basis of the work as submitted, and an overall result selected from the options as specified in clause (d) below.
    4. The examiners may recommend that a research dissertation:
      1. be accepted without amendments;
      2. be accepted subject to amendments being made at the discretion, and to the satisfaction, of the Dean of Law;
      3. does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, but may be revised and resubmitted for examination;
      4. does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, and should be rejected without right of resubmission.
    5. Amendments (regulation 4(d)(ii)) and revisions (regulation 4 (d)(iii)) shall be completed by a specified date to be determined by the Dean of Law.
    6. A candidate shall be permitted to revise and resubmit a research dissertation for examination once only.
    7. If a revised and resubmitted research dissertation is finally accepted, the result shall be either 'Pass' or 'Fail' (i.e. ungraded) and without eligibility for the award of the degree with distinction or credit.
    8. Where examiners cannot agree on a result, the Dean of Law shall report to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) or nominee who shall arrive at a decision after consulting a referee who should normally be external to the University.

  5. Level of Award of the Degree

    The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  6. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) on the advice of the Dean of Law may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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