LAWS362

Natural Disasters and the Law

15 points

Not offered 2021, offered in 2015

For further information see School of Law

Description

The course will cover (a) the constitutional, administrative and legislative framework for coping with natural disasters in New Zealand; (b) the legal impact of natural disasters on contractual relationships generally and on employment contracts, residential tenancies and insurance contracts; (c) disaster risk management and mitigation as it applies to legal issues; (d) a range of particular issues raised by natural disasters, presented by UC staff, guest lecturers or panellists. These include, but are not limited to, issues such as family law, resource management, insurance, criminal justice and law enforcement, media and privacy law issues, frustration of contract, commercial and residential tenancies and employment law as they may apply in a disaster or post-disaster context. The identification of disaster risks which may affect lawyers and legal issues and how these risks may be managed and reduced.

Pre-requisites

(i) LAWS101 and (ii) LAWS110;
Students enrolled in other degrees, who do not have the above prerequisites and corequisites, but have completed appropriate courses in another discipline, may apply to the Head of Department for a waiver.

Co-requisites

LAWS202-LAWS206
Students enrolled in other degrees, who do not have the above prerequisites and corequisites, but have completed appropriate courses in another discipline, may apply to the Head of Department for a waiver.