New Zealand Law Students Journal
Last Updated: 29 May 2014
LLB(HONS) STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO
As the present issue marches the New Zealand Law Students’ Journal into
its third volume I cannot help but feel proud of the
“NZLSJ” is taking. Our national student law journal is becoming an
It certainly maintains its status as a New Zealand law journal. The
members of the Chief Editorial Board, each of whom I thank for their proficient
and passionate efforts over the past
months, hail from law faculties all around
New Zealand. The articles submitted for consideration came from nearly every law
in the country. The six articles eventually published in this issue
should make their law schools proud.
The range of topics covered by the articles reinforces this as a law
journal, but it also reminds us just how broad “law” can be.
Between them the six articles canvass and question law’s
living wills, refusal of emergency treatment, children’s mental health,
privacy, geoengineering, and competition
in the marketplace. Instead of shying
away from gnarly social issues, each article does the legal community a service
on them in a coherent and crisp way.
Such confidence may well be the great benefit of ours being a student law journal. These articles provide readers with glimpses at what some of the best law students – future lawyers, academics, judges, politicians, activists and others – have been committing their brainpower to. In my own reading of the articles, I was struck by many authors’ concerns
about vulnerable groups in our society – children, the old, the sick
and even the unconscious. Not a few of the authors called
for legislative change
to get justice through greater certainty. Some were unashamedly
practical, looking forward
to a better legal system. Another burrowed
down into the past to critique accepted truths. If research and writing can be a
window into the intellectual, moral, and cultural makeup of those behind it,
this issue should assure the legal community that the
law is passing into
competent and careful hands.