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Books launched in honour of Emeritus Professor Peter Skegg and Emeritus Professor John Smillie

Friday 16 September 2016 4:27pm


On Thursday 8 September, the Otago Law Faculty celebrated the launch of two Law Foundation funded books written in honour of academic staff: Emeritus Professor Peter Skegg and Emeritus Professor John Smillie.

The books, “Law, Ethics, and Medicine: Essays in honour of Peter Skegg” and “The Search for Certainty: Essays in Honour of John Smillie”, are tributes to the wonderful contribution these two outstanding scholars have made during their academic careers.

Emeritus Professor Peter Skegg joined the Faculty of Law as Professor in 1984, was Dean of the Faculty from 1990 – 1992 and made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2012. For many years he taught the core legal paper, Criminal Law, and has taught medical law to law, bioethics and medical students as well as to practitioners and policy makers. In Medical Law he is a pioneer, internationally recognised as one of the ‘Fathers’ of medical law and for his intellectual guardianship of the subject.

Academics, students and practitioners who are interested in how the law governs the provision of healthcare will benefit reading the various essays contained in the book in honour of Professor Skegg. In addition, anyone who has had the good fortune of working with, or learning from, Professor Skegg will also enjoy the opportunity to return to the field of study that he founded.

Emeritus Professor John Smillie was a member of staff of the Faculty of Law from 1973 – 2014. He was appointed to a Chair of Law in 1981, was Dean of the Faculty from 1986 – 1988 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He taught a number of subjects but is best known by former students as a teacher of Administrative Law, Torts and Intellectual Property. His research is widely recognised around the world for its precision, rigour and scholarship.

Academics, students and practitioners who are interested in the development and function of the common law will enjoy the essays in the collection in honour of Professor Smillie, as will the many students and colleagues that were the benefactors of Professor Smillie’s dedication to the law.

Any Otago Alumni wishing to obtain a copy of the book(s) can order a copy online here. The Faculty has a limited number of books available.  A small fee will be applied to cover postage costs.

Thanks go to the NZ Law Foundation for their contribution to these books.