LAWS309-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017

Child and Family Law

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2017
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 3 March 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 19 May 2017


The course aims to provide a sound academic grounding in key areas of Child and Family Law, including Dispute Resolution, Guardianship, Parenting Orders, Child Abduction, Child Abuse and Domestic Violence.

Child and Family Law is a core part of general legal practice, as well as being a speciality practice area.  In general terms, this course will deal with the process and substantive law concerning the care of children, and will also cover issues of family violence.  More specifically, the topics covered by this course will be:

•  Dispute Resolution (Family Dispute Resolution Service);
•  The Care of Children Act 2004 (guardianship, parenting orders and international child abduction);
•  The Adoption Act 1955;
•  The Children Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989;
•  The Domestic Violence Act 1995.

The course includes tutorials and guest lectures, and an optional moot.


(i) LAWS101; and (ii) LAWS110




Course Coordinator / Lecturer

John Caldwell


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 12 Apr 2017 35% Essay
Optional Moot 10%
Final Examination 65% Final Exam

Assessment may be by way of a compulsory research essay, an optional moot, and a final examination.

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $775.00

International fee $3,525.00

* 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.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS309 Occurrences

  • LAWS309-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017