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LAWS404 Administrative Law

Advanced study of controls on the exercise of public power, with particular focus on judicial review.

The emphasis of this paper, formerly known as Advanced Public Law, is on judicial review, building on the introduction you had in LAWS 204 Public Law. Almost any area of public life is potentially subject to judicial review, and contexts vary widely: from applications against Ministers to contractors for health services, schools, parole boards, welfare agencies, city councils and lower courts (especially in the area of criminal procedure). This paper will involve an intense study on which bodies are amenable to judicial review and why, as well as engaging in critical analysis of the development of administrative law both here and abroad.

Paper title Administrative Law
Paper code LAWS404
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (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)
Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.
Teaching staff
Senior Lecturer: Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere

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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
You will come to understand how judicial review operates today and become familiar with the interplay between legal principle, statutory setting and the wider political and policy contexts within which value choices have to be made.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41