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LAWS472 Special Topic 3: Law and Language

Examines the relationship between language and law in various contexts, including the drafting and interpreting of bilingual legislation, the application of tikanga-derived concepts, and analysis and practice of effective legal writing.

This paper focuses on international taxation, based on the OECD model double tax agreement.

Paper title Special Topic 3: Law and Language
Paper code LAWS472
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)
Recommended Preparation
LAWS 302
Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.
Teaching staff

To be confirmed when paper next offered.

Course materials are provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Interdisciplinary perspective, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will have

  • Knowledge of the basic components of taxation in New Zealand and the United States
  • Knowledge of basic tax treaties in New Zealand, United States and OECD countries
  • Knowledge of tax treaty issues
  • The ability to analyse tax treaties
  • The ability to deal with legal problems arising under tax treaties
  • The ability to adapt knowledge about New Zealand tax treaties to analysis and application of analogous overseas and international law

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system