Te Wharenga - New Zealand Criminal Law Review

Te Wharenga translates as “the breaking wave”; an auspicious name, reflecting our hope that its contents will provide new ideas and energy to make a positive contribution to the criminal justice sector of Aotearoa New Zealand. It is planned that this journal will follow a roughly quarterly publication schedule.

The journal is a collaboration between the various law schools of the universities of New Zealand, which have provided members to the editorial team; the judiciary, several judges being on our editorial advisory board; and the New Zealand Criminal Bar Association, which is supporting the venture as a whole and also providing additional members to the advisory board.

Our aim is to provide a regular outlet for informed discussion of matters of New Zealand criminal law, evidence and procedure and also of wider matters of criminal justice and policy. To that end, we will publish case notes and legislation notes relating to important developments from the courts and in the legislative framework, which summarise and comment on those developments; and articles that consider wider matters of law and policy.

We hope that both practicing and academic lawyers will consider the NZCLR as the first-choice location for their research, whether in the form of a note or an article. The reason for doing this is obvious: research can have a practical effect only if it is read by the audience most likely to be influenced by it.

Current Issue

Previous Issues

Issue One - [2016] NZCLR 1-58
(Adobe PDF) 426KB
Issue Four - [2017] NZCLR 61-151
(Adobe PDF) 1,015KB

Notes for Contributors

The Editors welcome contributions promoting debate on the substantive, procedural and evidential aspects of the criminal law of New Zealand, including wider policy matters.

Articles should be 5000-8000 words (although longer articles will be considered).

Notes summarising and commenting on case law and legislative developments should be around 2000 words (though may be longer if the case or legislation meris this). Articles and Notes will be subject to a blind double-peer review process.

Articles and Notes should comply with the current version of the New Zealand Law Style Guide and use headings as set out in this edition of the NZCLR. They should be submitted as Word documents. Letters to the editor that contribute to debate will be welcomed. In addition, book reviews will feature. Submissions and correspondence should be addressed to Kris Gledhill at kris.gledhill@aut.ac.nz.


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