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LAWS453 Advanced Legislation

General principles of legislation and the legislative process, the structure of legislation (including delegated and subordinate legislation), judicial review of legislation, statutory interpretation and construction, legislative drafting, codification.

This paper explores contemporary practice and theory on statutory interpretation.

Paper title Advanced Legislation
Paper code LAWS453
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

Professor Andrew Geddis

Course materials are provided by the Faculty.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Legislation's status in Aotearoa New Zealand's legal framework has been described as "not just king, but emperor". This course examines legislation from its genesis in policy development through to its application by way of judicial interpretation. It does so by considering:

  • Where legislation comes from (i.e. the process of developing policy)
  • How legislation is drafted (i.e. the transformation of policy into statutory language)
  • The enactment of legislation (i.e. parliamentary law making procedures)
  • The various forms of legislation (i.e. primary and secondary)
  • The application of legislation by the courts by way of interpretation, including:
    • Techniques of statutory interpretation
    • Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi
    • The NZ Bill of Rights Act
    • The impact of international law

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41