CRJU312-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Contemporary Issues in Criminal Law and Procedure

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


Selected topics of current importance in criminal law, drawn from the following list: gender issues in criminal law; dealing with insanity and intellectual disability in criminal cases; consent in sexual offences and offences against the person; offences involving alcohol and drugs; self-defence and the use of force in the defence of property; state powers of search and seizure; prosecutorial discretion and the initiation of proceedings; computer crime; terrorism-related offences; changes to pre-trial and trial proceedings including inquisitorial trials; double jeopardy; interference with criminal proceedings (including both offences against justice and contempt of court).

This year the course will begin with a discussion about what ‘crime’ actually is. Dr Wright will go on to look at some aspects of criminal procedure through the lens of covert police operations. Dr Le Nguyen will then take you through the contemporary issues around computer crime, particularly as they relate to crimes in cyberspace. Dr Mehigan will cover the contemporary political and procedural issues around prosecuting international crimes such as genocide and crimes against humanity in New Zealand and in international tribunal’s. The final part of the course will cover criminal justice responses to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


60 points at 200 level, including either CRJU202 or
LAWS202, from Schedule C to the Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree regulations.


Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 13:00 Haere-roa 118 Ngaio Marsh Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct

Course Coordinator

James Mehigan


James Mehigan , Mark Wright and Chat Le Nguyen


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Online Quiz 29 Jul 2020 5%
Essay 1 21 Aug 2020 35% 3,000 words
Final Exam 60%

Assessment for the course will be by way of an online quiz, an essay and an exam.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $822.00

International fee $4,000.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Law.

All CRJU312 Occurrences

  • CRJU312-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020