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  • 11:41 LAW121 - Introduction

    LAW121 - Introduction

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    In the following lecture, I provide an overview of the course and identify certain tips for success.

  • 07:55 LAW121 - Feminism and TWAIL

    LAW121 - Feminism and TWAIL

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    Human society can be divided into many groups based on various characteristics, a crucial one of which is gender. Historically, women have been excluded from tertiary institutions, professional positions, and government office. Now that women comprise ove

  • 08:09 LAW121 - Legal Realism&CLS

    LAW121 - Legal Realism&CLS

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    Legal realists assert that judges hold the key to law's influence. In New Zealand and other Western liberal democracies, law is practised as an adversarial exercise between two antagonistic parties with a judge possessing adjudicatory powers. How do judge

  • 08:17 LAW121 - Tikanga

    LAW121 - Tikanga

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    Today, Tikanga Maori is often regarded as a series of norms that were used to maintain law and order within customary Maori society. Maori scholars reject this view as superficial, pointing out that Tikanga is a holistic system that has regulated social,

  • 05:41 LAW121 - Positivist Legal Theory

    LAW121 - Positivist Legal Theory

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    In contrast to natural law theorists, legal positivists assert that laws are merely a compendium of rules designed by a sovereign (usually the state) for the regulation of society. It is NOT, they suggest, a universal moral code to which we must submit. I

  • 08:15 LAW121 - The Court System

    LAW121 - The Court System

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    The judicial branch comprises the courts and the judges who preside over them. The roles of courts broadly cover dispute resolution and the interpretation, development and application of the law. In order for a court to have validity it must have the juri

  • 07:54 LAW121 - Natural Law Theory

    LAW121 - Natural Law Theory

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    What constitutes law and why do most people, today, unconsciously obey it? In this lecture, we will examine natural law theory with a view to understanding the relationship between law and morality.Natural law theorists assert that humans possess an intui

  • 11:46 LAW121 - Colonial Legislation

    LAW121 - Colonial Legislation

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    Legislation was a very blunt instrument of colonial power in the 19th century. This class looks at several f the most notorious laws that were passed by settler legislatures during the colonial wars of the 1860s and the suppression of the passive resistan

  • 10:58 LAW121 - The "Sealord Case"

    LAW121 - The "Sealord Case"

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    Maori rights to fisheries is based on Article two of both the Maori and English versions of the Treaty and tikanga Maori. The Crown's introduction of the Quota Management System to manage the fisheries in 1985 created private property rights that breached

  • 10:05 LAW121 - Colonial Judicial decisions

    LAW121 - Colonial Judicial decisions

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    The legal reasoning and decisions of the colonial courts in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi from the 1840s to the 1990s took various paths that reflected the prevailing ethos of the time. As a very broad review of these cases show, they all affirmed th

  • 09:38 LAW121 - Finnigan v NZRFU

    LAW121 - Finnigan v NZRFU

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    The case of Finnigan v New Zealand Rugby Football Union was an attempt to prevent a proposed rugby tour to South Africa in 1986. South Africa's apartheid regime was subject to international sanctions, including calls for a sporting boycott. There were tum

  • 10:31 LAW121 - Annexation of Aotearoa

    LAW121 - Annexation of Aotearoa

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    This lecture looks at the historical process by which Aotearoa was formally annexed in the eyes of English law on behalf of Queen Victoria, and the conflict between the claims of the colonial power and the understandings and expectations of ranga-tira tha

  • 08:10 LAW121 - Fitzgerald v Muldoon

    LAW121 - Fitzgerald v Muldoon

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    The executive is the decision making branch of government. This lecture examines the case of Fitzgerald v Muldoon in which the courts were asked to rule that the executive, specifically the prime minister, had exceeded his powers under Bill of Rights 1688

  • 09:32 LAW121 - Treaty of Waitangi

    LAW121 - Treaty of Waitangi

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    For Maori, the Declaration of Independence and the Maori version of the Treaty of Waitangi secured their sovereign power. For the British, the Declaration established the independence of the country under the protection of the British government. They vie

  • 07:56 LAW121 - Parliamentary Supremacy

    LAW121 - Parliamentary Supremacy

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    Law in New Zealand is largely sourced from common law and statute law. Historically, the common law system was based on judge made law. Decisions drew on precedents established by superior courts in previous cases and were organised around the principles

  • 10:01 LAW121 - New Zealand's System of Government

    LAW121 - New Zealand's System of Government

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    This lecture traces the contours of New Zealand's constitutional monarchy, examining the separation of powers between the three branches of government.

  • 08:52 LAW121 - Concept of Property

    LAW121 - Concept of Property

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    Protection of private property rights is a fundamental pillar of the common law. The structure of social and economic life, who exercises power and the quality of people's lives depend to a large degree on who controls property, and the legal rights those

  • 07:57 LAW121 - Property&the Criminal Law

    LAW121 - Property&the Criminal Law

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    The idea that the criminal law protects an individual's rights over property is usually taken for granted. Yet many of today's laws are derived almost unchanged from those developed several centuries ago by parliaments that were comprised of propertied me

  • 10:39 LAW121 - Criminal Justice System

    LAW121 - Criminal Justice System

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    The criminal justice system is a broad term that descries the institutions, agencies, and processes that deal with the phenomenon of crime. The orthodox way of understanding the criminal justice system is as a process containing a number of different stag

  • 07:33 LAW121 - Police Powers

    LAW121 - Police Powers

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    The power of the state to infringe on the liberty of the individual is a concern in any free society. Most people would not want to live in a place where they could be arbitrarily stopped and searched, or detained and arrested without being informed of th

  • 07:16 LAW 121 - Water as Property

    LAW 121 - Water as Property

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    Water is essential for life. Water is also increasingly viewed as a valuable commodity that can be bought and sold in a market. There is a longstanding tension between the rights of private owners and public water services. The trend to privatisation of l

  • 09:42 LAW121 - Women as Property

    LAW121 - Women as Property

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    The tradition that a father 'gives away' his daughter to her husband during the marriage ceremony (often followed by the adoption of his surname) is traced back to the days when a married woman ceased to have an independent legal existence under English l

  • 09:50 LAW121 - Law&Homosexuality

    LAW121 - Law&Homosexuality

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    While we often take for granted that certain acts amount to criminal conduct, notions of criminality are not static. What society considers criminal can change over time with fluctuations in social morality. As examined, this point is illustrated by the c

  • 14:14 LAW121 - Relational Thinking Workshop Part I

    LAW121 - Relational Thinking Workshop Part I

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