Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

New Revised Edition of Parliamentary Practice in NZ

A revised edition of Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand has been published this week.
The publisher’s media release is copied below, and here is the news article on Parliament’s website:

Clerk of the House of Representatives David Wilson (centre) and former Clerks Mary Harris and David McGee launch the fourth edition of Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand.
Source: Office of the Clerk

The guide to how New Zealand’s Parliament works is now updated.

Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand, David McGee’s monumental guide to the practice and procedure of the New Zealand House of Representatives, was last revised 12 years ago.

This new, fourth edition brings the work up to date, thanks to extensive revision by a team led by former Clerk of the House of Representatives Mary Harris and current Clerk, David Wilson, 

“I’m delighted to oversee the publication of this new edition, which reflects the knowledge and hard work of a large number of people,” commented Wilson. 

“Capturing changes in how Parliament works is vital because it helps the different people who interact with Parliament, allows us to provide the best advice possible, and points the way to how the institution will innovate and evolve in the future.”

In particular, the new edition reflects changes brought by the Parliamentary Privilege Act 2014, changes in committee conduct, and the use of extended sittings. 

Weighing in at 1.4 kg, the 896-page book features attractive design and enhanced indexing and references — and for the first time comes with a digital counterpart. The ebook version facilitates quick browsing and searching, and offers the ability to incorporate amendments at more regular intervals.

The authors:
David McGee was Clerk of the House of Representatives from 1985 to 2007.  Mary Harris occupied that position from 2007 to 2015, and David Wilson is the current Clerk of the House of Representatives.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The epistemology of legal research

Today at the student reps meeting, a discussion arose about learning about research and writing.
I think this blog post will be very helpful and interesting. I will let it speak for itself!
It's called "Can Legal Research Be Taught?"

Thursday, February 9, 2017

New HeinOnline instructional modules

HeinOnline is an enormous database of legal materials, including over 2200 law journals. Use it to find articles, discover who cited them, and what they cited. HeinOnline also gathers historical primary sources from the UK and USA, including bilateral and multilateral treaties.
To find out more, and to find out how to get the best out of HeinOnline, a suite of training videos has been made by Quimbee, and are available on the HeinOnline YouTube Channel.
Links to these video and other training materials are also on HeinOnline, and the Law Subject Guide, Research Strategies page.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Learning in the 'Post-Truth' Era

The Oxford English Dictionary chose 'post-truth' as the word of the year in 2016 .

The other phrase to hit our ear-drums, social media pages, and the TV is Fake News. We are drowning in it. Google it, and you are spoiled for choice! Snopes is running a select archive.

To combat all of this, and help us learn how to make up our own minds is a fantastic new syllabus from two scientists from University of Washington, Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West

You can read their interview in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The Fine Art of Sniffing Out Crappy Science

January 16, 2017 

And take a look at their syllabus, course outline, and case studies here.