LEGAL527-21A (HAM)

Advanced Issues in Charity Law

30 Points

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Te Piringa - Faculty of Law


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Paper Description

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This paper enables students to explore advanced issues in charity law, which is a growing area of law nationally and internationally. New Zealand reflects a number of unique approaches to problems arising in the context of charity law, whilst still reflecting its charitable roots, thus retaining strong links with international jurisprudence.
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Paper Structure

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This paper will be taught through lectures.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Learning outcomes

    Demonstrate skills in contemporary problem solving in charity law;

    Demonstrate knowledge of the law relating to charities in New Zealand;

    Demonstrate knowledge of the law relating to charities in a number of international jurisdictions;

    Demonstrate knowledge of the development of charity jurisprudence in New Zealand and its relationship to international jurisdictions;

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A research paper for 100% of the marks, which will include a 20 minute oral presentation to take place later in the semester during lecture times.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Research Paper
25 Jun 2021
12:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Presentation
  • Other:
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Juliet Chevalier-Watts Law of Charity (2nd ed, Thomson Reuters, Wellington, 2020)

Juliet Chevalier-Watts Charity Law - International Perspectives (Routledges, London, 2018)

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Recommended Readings

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J Garton Public Benefit in Charity Law (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015)

M Synge The "New" Public Benefit Requirement Making Sense of Charity Law? (Hart, Oxford, 2015)

Donald Poirier Charity Law in New Zealand

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Other Resources

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Further material may be provided on the paper site on Moodle (, the University of Waikato’s online learning system. Any such material is provided on the following terms:

University of Waikato owns the intellectual property rights, including copyright, in and to this site, or has acquired the necessary licenses to display the material on the site. As a student of the Te Piringa Faculty of Law, you are granted a limited license to use (access, display or print a single copy) the material from the papers in which you are enrolled for the purposes of participating in the paper only, provided the information is not modified. Materials may not under any circumstances be copied, stored, distributed or provided in any form or method whatsoever to any third party. Any other use of the material is prohibited. None of the material may be otherwise reproduced, reformatted, republished or re-disseminated in any manner or form without the prior written consent of University of Waikato. To obtain such consent, please contact the Te Piringa Faculty of Law.

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Online Support

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Online support for this paper is provided via Moodle.

If you require assistance with Moodle, or encounter any problems, please contact the Help Desk. You can send a message to Help Desk by using the instant message service in your paper (from the participants list within the People block). Alternatively, you can email them directly at or call 838 4008.

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Students should expect to spend 300 hours in total on this paper. In addition to lecture attendance, significant time will need to be spent on background and complementary reading. Students should allow for periods of more-focused research time in the preparation for the research assignment and oral presentation.
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Prerequisite papers: LEGAL308 or LAWS308




Restricted papers: LAWS527

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