LAWS206-18W (C) Whole Year 2018

Public Law

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2018
End Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 2 March 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 7 September 2018


The principles and working of the constitution, the institutions of government, the exercise of public power and relations between the citizen and the state. Controls on the exercise of public power, including an introduction to judicial review.

The subject provides students with an understanding of the New Zealand constitution – its history, institutions, laws and conventions.  It covers two broad areas of law – constitutional law and administrative law.  Constitutional law is concerned with the functioning of central government, administrative law with judicial review of executive and official action.  The former involves the study of law, politics, history and convention, the latter involves study of the citizens’ rights in dealing with central government, public decision-makers and local bodies.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.




Timetable Note

Tutorials in LAW 206 will be held according to the timetable you will be given at the start of Term One.  Enrolment in Tutorials will be advised via email closer to the start of the course.

Course Coordinator / Lecturers

John Hopkins and Philip Joseph


Elizabeth Macpherson

Professor Joseph is Course Supervisor in Semester One and Dr Hopkins is Course Supervisor in Semester Two for Public Law in 2017.


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Test 25%
Essay 26 Mar 2018 10%
Tutorial Attendance 5%
Final Examination 60% Final Exam

Assessment for this course may be by way of an Essay, a Test and a Final Examination.

The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Joseph, PA; Constitutional & Administrative Law in New Zealand ; 4th ed; Thomson Reuters, 2014.

Course links

Library portal


This is a compulsory core course for the LLB degree.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,580.00

International fee $7,200.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 250

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS206 Occurrences

  • LAWS206-18W (C) Whole Year 2018