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Watson, Bradley --- "Editorial" [2012] NZLawStuJl 2; (2012) 2 NZLSJ iii

Last Updated: 27 May 2014




The New Zealand Law Students’ Journal provides an avenue for learning and growth for all those involved. With its creation in 2006, the Journal has continued to grow and disseminate high quality student scholarship into the world of academia. Students are afforded the ability to share their voice—one which is oft unheard—to national and international scholars, courts and firms. The student voice is unique as it is a voice that is free from outside influences of bias, and is without any reputations or alliances to uphold. The Journal grants students the opportunity to make a positive contribution to current legal scholarship, while providing growth in student knowledge and experience of academic publication. Involvement with the Journal—be it as a contributor, a member of the Student Review Board, or a member of the Chief Editorial Board—offers opportunities for students that they might not otherwise experience during their time at university.

Serving as a member of the Chief Editorial Board over the past three terms I have seen personally the growth the Journal has made. Our aims to expand our reach nationally and internationally are evident in our increasing submissions from New Zealand law students from all campuses and our expanding subscription base. We have had continued support from the New Zealand Law Students’ Association and the University of Otago Faculty of Law—for which we are truly grateful. Furthermore, we have witnessed growth within both our Student Review Board and Academic Review Board. The ongoing volunteer work from the individuals that make up these review panels is invaluable: it is these people who contributed to the decision to publish the following articles in this journal. Without the countless hours of peer review by these boards, the Journal would not be where it is today. I extend my sincere thanks to all those who have supported the Journal and have been members of our review boards this year.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge this year’s Chief Editorial Board. Having members based in other campuses has provided fresh and


innovative ideas for the Journal. The CEB’s hard work and commitment has made for an enjoyable and productive term as Editor.

It is my hope that the following articles we have chosen will stimulate further academic discussion and propel future students to get involved with this initiative. I have no doubt the Journal will continue to be a resource that allows for the student voice to be heard within the academic realm for years to come, and I look forward to seeing how the Journal continues to grow.


Bradley Watson


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