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MacKinnon, Jacquelin --- "Editor's Introduction" [1999] NZYbkNZJur 1; (1999) 3 Yearbook of New Zealand Jurisprudence v

Last Updated: 11 April 2015


The Yearbook of New Zealand Jurisprudence is an annual collection of papers contributed by participants in the Staff Seminar Series of the University of Waikato School of Law and published in conjunction with the Centre for New Zealand Jurisprudence. The School of Law was founded in 1991 to provide a professional legal education, develop a bicultural approach to legal education and to teach law in the contexts in which it is made and applied. The Yearbook of New Zealand Jurisprudence aims to stimulate and contribute to the development of New Zealand jurisprudence by publishing articles, essays and other forms of analysis and comment which directly address or are relevant to New Zealand jurisprudence. The articles contained in this issue are from both permanent and visiting scholars. The areas of law covered by the articles are diverse and topical.

Henry Reynolds' article addresses the historical context of Aboriginal claims to sovereignty and analyses the contemporary situation in relation to land rights and rights to self-government. Caren Wickliffe and Matiu Dickson offer an interesting summary of contemporary and historical material which is not easy to access and which sheds light on the current state of ethnic relations in New Zealand.

Susan Boyd holds the Chair in Feminist Legal Studies at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia. Her article looks at the recognition of same sex relationships by Canadian laws that regulate "family" relations and the political and strategic implications of incorporation of lesbians and gay men into the legal system of "family". She addresses the dilemmas arising from inclusion in a family law system that "bolsters" the privatization of responsibility for economic well-being. Her analysis is relevant to debates within New Zealand at a time when the Property (Relationships) Amendment Bill is proceeding through Parliament. This bill provides a legislative regime for the division of property when relationships end, which regime would apply to married, de facto and same sex couples.

In the context of pressure from various groups for the reform of New Zealand's law in relation to cannabis, Neil Boister has provided a rigorous review of international law and New Zealand domestic law in relation to cannabis. He highlights the implications for New Zealand's international obligations of changes to domestic law.

Anna Kingsbury's article provides a context for the New Zealand debate about the patenting of human genetic and other life form inventions. The


author reviews patent law protection and alternatives, and addresses the problems arising from attempts to integrate moral and ethical considerations into the narrow ambit of the patent system.

Joan Forret highlights proposed amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991 (NZ). She focuses on proposed changes to the wording of ss 66 and 74 and consequent difficulties of interpretation. The implications for public participation which flow from the proposed amendments are identified.

We are grateful to the referees to whom these articles were sent for their considerable time and thoughtful contributions.

Jacquelin Mackinnon


Yearbook of New Zealand Jurisprudence

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