LAWPUBL 428 - Rights and Freedoms

Credit points: 15 points
Offered: First Semester
Contact hours: Lectures - 3 hours per week
Course Coordinator: Dr Jane Norton
Prerequisites: LAW 211
Restrictions: LAW 342, 452, LAWHONS 702

Course description

The legal modes for protection of civil rights including study of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, the Human Rights Act 1993, freedom of speech and religion, criminal procedural rights, equality and the prohibited grounds of discrimination.

Course overview

This course is about human rights protection in New Zealand from a theoretical, doctrinal, and comparative perspective. It focuses on rights and freedoms in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 other than those relating specifically to criminal procedure (the subject of a different course).The course looks at rights protection from a theoretical perspective and through a series of problems and case studies arising out of particular human rights controversies. The discussions will start by examining the theoretical foundations of human rights protection and then draw on case studies and controversies from both New Zealand and other jurisdictions. The countries we are especially interested in are: New Zealand, Canada, United States, and the United Kingdom. We look also at cases from Australia, India, South Africa, and the European Court of Human Rights under the ECHR (by which the UK is bound and which is of direct effect in UK law by virtue of the Human Rights Act 1998 (UK)).


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  • Coursework (30%)
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