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1: Introduction 1.1 The concept of law 1.2 Components of this book 1.3 Classifications of the law 1.4 Legal ethics 1.5 The New Zealand legal profession 1.6 Exercises 2: Legal History 2.1 English legal history: New Zealand's legal heritage 2.2 New Zealand legal history2.3 Australian legal history: Connections with New Zealand 2.4 Exercises 3: Treaty of Waitangi 3.1 Introduction 3.2 How and why was the treaty signed? 3.3 Interpreting the treaty 3.4 Important cases relating to the treaty 3.5 Important cases relating to native title 3.6 Important legislation 3.7 The treaty settlement process 3.8 Foreshore and seabed debate 3.9 The future of the treaty 3.10 Exercises 4: Constitutional Law 4.1 Key constitutional principles 4.2 The legislature 4.3 The executive 4.4 The judiciary and the court system 4.5 Rights: The relationship between the state and the individual 4.6 Example of law reform: Youth drinking (purchase age) 4.7 Example of law reform: Same-sex marriage 4.8 Exercises 5: Dispute Resolution 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Litigation 5.3 Negotiation 5.4 Mediation 5.5 Maori dispute resolution 5.6 Exercises 6: Jurisprudence 6.1 Introduction 6.2 Early legal theories (naturalism) 6.3 Positivism 6.4 Liberalism 6.5 Critical legal theory 6.6 Law and economics 6.7 Case study: Law and literature6.8 Jurisprudence and New Zealand 6.9 The cannabis debate: Applying jurisprudential theories 6.10 Exercises 7: The New Zealand Legal System and International Issues 7.1 International law 7.2 Case study: Climate change and the law 7.3 Case study: International crime and the law7.4 Comparative law7.5 Exercises 8: Case study-Women in Law 8.1 Legal history: The law relating to women 8.2 Legal history: Women in the profession 8.3 Exercises

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Law Alive: The New Zealand Legal System in Context, Third Edition is an innovative introduction to the New Zealand legal system, adopting a 'law in context' approach that will encourage students to see the law as a living part of the political, social, economic and cultural life of a nation. Covering all key areas of study in a legal system course, this text is written in an engaging style that will spark the attention of students. Law Alive shows how the law works beyond theory in a real-life context.

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