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Torts in New Zealand


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1. Introduction2. Torts to the Person3. Personal Property Torts4. Land-based Torts5. Negligence6. Vicarious Liability7. Accident Compensation8. Defamation9. Privacy

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Bill Atkin has taught a wide range of subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels over many years, including torts, family law, and medical law. He has written extensively, especially in the area of family law, and in the last few years published (with Wendy Parker) the second edition of Relationship Property in New Zealand and (with Mark Henaghan) the 4th edition of Family Law Policy in New Zealand. He is an author of Todd's The Law of Torts in New Zealand (6th ed) and with Geoff McLay, Torts in New Zealand Cases and Materials (5th ed). He is General Editor of the International Survey of Family Law, published annually. He has been consulted on a number of occasions by the New Zealand Government. Bill chaired the Ministerial Adoption Practices Review Committee, was a member of the Working Group on Matrimonial Property and Family Protection, and a member of the Ministerial Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technologies. Geoff McLay has taught at the Faculty of Law since 1995. He served a Law Commissioner between 2010 and 2015 and he currently served as the chair of the Legislation Design Advisory Committee's external subcommittee until 2019. He is also the editor of the New Zealand Law Reports. In 2006 he was the New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellow. Geoff has a BA and LLB (Hons) (First Class) from Victoria University of Wellington. In 2006 he was a visiting Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law teaching torts and advanced torts and product liability. He has also taught advanced torts at the University of Western Ontario (Winter 2002). At Victoria University of Wellington Geoff has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses including torts, advanced torts, intellectual property, competition (antitrust) law, comparative constitutional law, and ethics. He has published a wide range of articles in these areas.

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