New Zealand Law Students Journal
Last Updated: 24 October 2012
RT. HON. SIR GEOFFREY PALMER
As the newly elected patron of the New Zealand Law Students’
Association it gives me great pleasure to contribute this foreword
to volume 1
of the New Zealand Law Students’ Journal. To witness young minds grappling
with difficult issues is always a wonderful
The range of essays in this volume is wide, as a glance at the contents page
will show. There are hard conceptual legal issues, social
issues with a legal
aspect and even an analysis of what the evolution of common law legal attire may
mean. International law, environmental
law and the Treaty of Waitangi, tax,
competition law, women’s health care, restitution, the law of evidence,
genetic screening are all covered.
These essays are the work of students who recently graduated or are yet to
graduate. The quality of the work is high and an indication
of the depth of
talent among the law students in New Zealand universities. The analytical depth
and sophistication of some of this
work is remarkable. The work is well written,
thoroughly researched and most interesting.
Legal writing is a specialized branch of scholarship, not an easy art to
acquire. It is a habit that, when acquired young, can be
very useful for
lawyers to carry through in the whole of their professional careers.
New Zealand produces good lawyers and the standard of legal
education in New Zealand is high, as the constant demand for
young New Zealand
lawyers overseas proves. The contents of this volume helps to show us
This Journal is a welcome addition to the annals of New Zealand legal
scholarship and the students are to be commended on the drive
that led to it. It is much more difficult to produce a law journal than people
who have not tried to do so may think.
It requires determination and dedication
to get it written to a satisfactory level, edit
it effectively, check the citations and see it through the production process.
Well done New Zealand law students and congratulations. Geoffrey Palmer
President of the Law Commission