LAWS 535: Special Topic: The Law and the Future

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Course content:

This course will concentrate upon the challenges that law may face in the future. It will ask by what techniques can law be future proofed? It will explore selected topics such as digital technology, international and public law, climate change and the environment in the age of the anthropocene, nuclear explosions, political polarisation and the incapacity of states. Co-taught with LAWS 435.

Course learning objectives:

Students who pass this course will be able to:

1. Analyse challenges that law may face on the future;

2. Have knowledge of likely key issues in the future;

3. Demonstrate good writing, oral presentation and analytical skills.


Geoffrey Palmer and Ken Keith

Dates and times:

8:30 AM - 10:20 AM: Monday 8 July - Monday 12 August and Monday 2 September - Monday 7 October 2019


Room GB117, Level 1, Government Buildings, 55 Lambton Quay, VUW - Pipitea campus

About ACCESS Victoria:

This is an opportunity to attend lectures in a mainstream Victoria University course without having to undertake any assignments or assessment.

ACCESS Victoria allows you to attend only the lectures for the course you’re enrolled in.  You do not attend tutorials or do the assessments for the course.

Places are always subject to availability and mainstream students take priority. If the course does fill up and ACCESS Victoria places are no longer available we will contact you before the start of the course.

You will have access to a Blackboard account (the University’s online learning tool) so you can view the lecture images, image lists or other material posted on the course page. Any Blackboard messages regarding tutorials, assignments, tests or exams are not applicable to Access Victoria students.

You will be sent a username and password by Victoria Professional Development to allow you to access Blackboard. 
Please contact us at Victoria Professional Development if you are experiencing problems with Blackboard.

You may use the University Library resources in the library, but you won't be able to withdraw books and you will not be able to access the University's electronic database, ebooks or online articles.

View information about the full credit course on the main Victoria University website

For further information:
Victoria Professional and Executive Development, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556,  Email:

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