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LAWS401 Children and the Family Justice System

Socio-legal examination of children’s participation, safety and wellbeing in NZ’s family justice system and international cross-border proceedings. Considers how research influences legal policy and practice in family dispute resolution internationally.

Paper title Children and the Family Justice System
Paper code LAWS401
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $710.30
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)

Faculty of Law

Teaching staff

To be confirmed when paper is next offered.


Course materials available from the Faculty.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this paper students will be able:

  • To demonstrate an understanding of demographic trends, the history of childhood, theories of child development and well-being, and their influence on the law and professional practice with children, young people and their families/whānau
  • To examine the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the structure and operation of New Zealand’s Family Court and out-of-court dispute resolution processes for private law proceedings
  • To identify socio-legal research methodologies and their value/limitations in the child and family law field
  • To compare and contrast domestic child and family law with international legal developments
  • To critically examine the application and coherence of legal principles and rules, and professional and cultural competencies, when making decisions about children’s post- separation care arrangements

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system