LAWS206-23W (C) Whole Year 2023

Public Law

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 19 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 27 August 2023


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 concerns the functioning of central government, involving an
examination of the three branches of government - the executive, the legislature and the courts. It involves the study of law, politics, history and convention. Administrative law concerns judicial review of executive and official action. It involves study of citizens’ rights in dealing with central government, public decision-makers and local bodies.

Students will acquire knowledge of the workings of the constitution and will engage critically with developments within the discipline.

Students will learn the role and place of the Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand's legal system and will understand the nature of biculturalism in New Zealand.

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.



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

Philip Joseph

Prof Philip Joseph is the Course Supervisor for LAWS206.


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Mid-Year Test 30%
Essay 18 Aug 2022 20%
Final Examination 50% Final Exam

Assessment may include a mid-year test and a compulsory Essay and a Final Examination.

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

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Joseph, Philip A; Joseph on constitutional and administrative Law ; 5th edition; Thomson Reuters New Zealand Ltd., 2021.

Course links

Library portal


This is a compulsory core course for the LLB degree.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,737.00

International fee $8,975.00

* 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 320

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS206 Occurrences

  • LAWS206-23W (C) Whole Year 2023