LAWHONS 744 - ST: Privacy Law

Credit points: 20 points
Offered: Full-year
Contact hours: Lectures - 2 hours per week
Course Coordinator: Stephen Penk

Course description

In the first semester, classes will be led by me on topics related to privacy law (which might include other torts). Materials will be distributed, for reading prior to each week’s class at which they will be discussed.

Topics are likely to include: definitions of privacy; privacy and related interests / competing interests; sources of privacy law; common law privacy protection – in NZ, Australia, Canada, the UK and the US; the Privacy Act 1993 and the current Privacy Bill; Codes of Practice; other statutes that address privacy concerns; surveillance; privacy in employment; privacy, publicity and the media; health privacy; data matching / transborder data flows / other applications.

In the second semester each student will make a 50-minute presentation to the class on their research project on which they are writing their research paper. Each week two students will give presentations.


Seminar paper (10,000 words) – 75%

Seminar presentation in semester 2 – 15%

Class contribution and participation – 10%