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Conte, Alex --- "Preface" [2006] NZYbkIntLaw 1; (2006) 3 New Zealand Yearbook of International Law iii


The Editorial Board is very pleased to release this third volume of the New Zealand Yearbook of International Law, for the Yearbook period of

1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005. While this volume adopts the same format as previous issues, it has focussed upon the theme of the World Trade Organization in recognition of the 10 years of the Organization’s operation during the Yearbook period. To that end, the 2006 Yearbook opens with a review of New Zealand’s experience of WTO dispute resolution, by legal advisers to the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade David Evans and Penelope Ridings. Three further articles are dedicated to the issue of international trade, focussing upon trade and the environment, the principle of non-discrimination in trade tariffs, and the WTO scheme for the compulsory licensing of essential medicines. The balance of the section on articles and commentaries contains articles on crimes against humanity, and jus cogens and State immunity.

The New Zealand Yearbook has continued with dedicated sections on the South Pacific, Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, and New Zealand State Conduct, again thanks to the support of our Special Advisors Mark Gobbi, Tony Angelo and Bob Hughes. University of Canterbury Law Librarian Karen Willyams has again compiled a bibliography of books and articles on international law relevant to New Zealand. Dr Chris Gallavin, a member of our Editorial Board, has arranged and contributed to book reviews as an addition to the Yearbook, which we intend to be a continuing feature of this publication.

We welcome to the Advisory Panel of the Yearbook Professor Barbara von Tigerstrom from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, an academic and researcher in public international trade and international human rights law. Next year will see Karen Scott become a member of the Editorial Board, joining Canterbury University from the University of Nottingham as a senior lecturer in international law.

Although I will retain links with the publication, I am myself moving location and have therefore resigned as General Editor of the Yearbook to take up a Readership at the University of Southampton. Associate Professor Neil Boister, with the support of Karen Scott, has agreed to take over the position of General Editor and I wish him well in that task. The General Editorship of the New Zealand Yearbook of International Law, and its establishment, has been a very challenging but rewarding exercise. I would again express my sincere thanks to those academics and practitioners throughout New Zealand that have supported the establishment and continued development of this publication to a level at which the Yearbook is now clearly a much valued publication, attracting submissions from authors with significant standing and subscriptions from throughout the world.

Thanks must again be given to the School of Law at the University of Canterbury, which has continued to provide administrative support to the publication.

Dr Alex Conte

General Editor

May 2006

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