LAWS206-19W (C) Whole Year 2019

Public Law

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 15 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 23 August 2019


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 LAWS206 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 / Lecturer

Philip Joseph


John Hopkins and Elizabeth Macpherson


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Test 09 May 2019 25%
Essay 29 Mar 2019 10%
Tutorial Attendance 5%
Final Examination 60% Final Exam

Assessment for this course may be by way of a Test (Thursday 9 May 2019, 6.30-8.30pm), a compulsory Essay 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 $1,612.00

International fee $7,550.00

* 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 260

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS206 Occurrences

  • LAWS206-19W (C) Whole Year 2019