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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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Bill of Rights - Theory and Practice
    Subject Law
    EFTS 0.1
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $730.20
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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

    To be confirmed when paper is next offered.

    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.


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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