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LAWS422 Bill of Rights - Theory and Practice

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The theoretical underpinnings of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act, its equivalents in other countries, and how it has affected the framework of law making and judicial decision-making.

Recent years have seen something of a "rights" explosion take place around the globe. New Zealand has participated in this development through the enactment of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 (NZBORA). This paper examines the issues that flow from this decision.

Paper title Bill of Rights - Theory and Practice
Paper code LAWS422
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $679.70
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,212.40

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LAWS 201 and 66 further LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
May not be credited together with LAWS482 passed in 2007-2014.
Teaching staff
Professor Andrew Geddis
Course materials are provided by the Faculty.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will gain an understanding of

  • The jurisprudential and international law background to the NZBORA
  • How the NZBORA actually operates as a legal instrument
  • How the NZBORA has altered and is continuing to alter New Zealand's constitutional processes and practices
  • An understanding of the consequences of breaching the NZBORA

Students will be able to make an informed judgement of the value of including a rights instrument such as the NZBORA in New Zealand's legal system.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22