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Cochrane, Tim; Thomson, Rebecca --- "Editorial" [2009] NZLawStuJl 2; (2009) 2 NZLSJ IV

Last Updated: 14 January 2013



Publishing a journal is easily likened to giving birth – a nine month labour of love resulting in a brand new and beautiful creation. A less obvious simile is attending high school. Reading new submissions is as exciting as the first day of school. The networks of academics and students who have contributed their critical insights could be imagined chattering in a linoleum-floored cafeteria. The cast of editors, review board members and authors changes with the years just like the graduating Seventh Form class.

Where this metaphor breaks down is in the cliques which form and the angry words which are so often heard in high school corridors. As Co- Editors this year we have been privileged enough to work with the most dedicated, cheerful and enthusiastic Chief Editorial Board one could wish for. Our thanks go also to the newly instituted Regional Representatives whose work in raising our national profile was seen in the flood of submissions received. Finally, the Student and Academic Review Board members, who gave their time so willingly to winnow out the nine articles which are published here, deserve a hearty round of applause.

Further applause is due to the New Zealand Law Students’ Journal (NZLSJ) itself, which last year became the longest running nationwide academic journal publishing exclusively law students’ work. Its role in giving New Zealand’s brightest young legal minds a platform from which to showcase their talents ought not be underestimated. This year the New Zealand Law Students’ Association has recognised the value of the NZLSJ through generous financial contributions.

Last but not least thanks are due to all who submitted to the Journal this year. The quality of your work and the difficulty of narrowing the scores of submissions received to just nine bear testament to the high standard of New Zealand law faculties today.

Tim Cochrane and Rebecca Thomson


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