New Zealand Yearbook of International Law
I welcome the publication of the first volume of the New Zealand Yearbook of International Law. As a small, democratic country with a long tradition of active interest in international affairs, New Zealand has actively supported the development and application of international law.
The Yearbook is expected to become an annual publication of the University of Canterbury. It has become a reality as a result of the substantial work of the Canterbury Law School’s International Law Group. Faculty members have drawn on the contributions of international lawyers and practitioners throughout New Zealand and abroad, as evidenced by the make-up of the editorial and advisory board. It is hoped that the publication will become a continuing and valuable reference point for legal materials and commentary on international law issues affecting New Zealand, Antarctica and the Southern Oceans. This first volume contains detailed and critical discourse on topical issues concerning those areas, as well as identifying, and including where appropriate, relevant legal materials and legal or political events during the Yearbook period. It is envisaged that the Yearbook will in the future also concern itself with international law issues as they impact upon the South Pacific and I look forward to the development of the publication in that regard.
It is therefore with great pleasure that I introduce the inaugural issue of the New Zealand Yearbook of International Law covering the period from 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade for New Zealand