Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Treaty of Waitangi and the Rule of Law

On the 6th February 1840 New Zealand was founded.
What does the Treaty of Waitangi mean for the Rule of Law in Aotearoa New Zealand?
Is the Treaty of Waitangi "New Zealand's Magna Carta?

The Sir Robert Stout Law Library presents the third and final Display in the Rule of Law series.

Consider these questions as you browse the cabinet and the shelves adjacent.
The sources we have displayed, include law reports, statutes, and texts.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Legal Database Skills Training for the Workplace

Attention Finalists and Summer Clerks:
In the coming weeks the Law Library is hosting three events, with the three major legal database providers (CCH, LexisNexis, and Thomson Reuters - WestlawNZ).
They are all providing hands-on training, with a focus on practice-based research skills.

Part 2: LexisNexisNZ - Thursday 30 July
This second event is hosted by LexisNexisNZ.
The first two sessions are hands-on training (10am is a repeat of 9am).
At 12 noon there is a presentation on the Trends and Challenges in Law.
 Here's what people have said about it:



the subject matter is critical to engage with and commend you for doing this.” Mark

“My colleagues and I really enjoyed the presentation, My colleague of the Community Law Centre, was also very impressed. The only thing I wish to add to my comments is: does your roadshow count as CLE for practitioners? I found it really informative; we were able to ask questions; and there can be no argument that this kind of introduction would be a vital skills for us.” Milton

Just wanted to pass on to you my thanks for inviting us to your roadshow in Hamilton.
It was a good evening and your speakers did very well.
Thank you also for the book.” Rachel

Thanks for a very informative evening last night.  Would you please forward me the slides and any relevant notes that were mentioned etc as offered. 
In hind sight, we would have brought along more staff!  Very interesting stuff. Sam


Please see posters, and Blackboard Announcements for details, or
email: Kate.Thompson@otago.ac.nz.



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Magna Carta and the Rule of Law












In 1215, in a field at Runnymede, an event occurred that now symbolises the democratic freedoms and liberties of the western world: the signing of the Great Charter.
How did this unoriginal assortment of medieval grievances, focused mainly on feudal obligations of tax and property become so elevated within the common law psyche?


Visit the Sir Robert Stout Law Library to browse through a display of statutes and texts which represent just some of the changes over time.
  • See the role Sir Edward Coke played in revitalising Magna Carta in the 17th century, both as Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, and as a jurist.
  • Look at the language development of Magna Carta in the first decades.
  • See how much Magna Carta influenced the writers of the American Declaration of Independence, and The Constitution.
  • Read the 'modern Magna Carta' - the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • What remains today? Look at Magna Carta in the New Zealand Statutes today.