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New Zealand Law

Background Information about New Zealand

New Zealand is a common law country with a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy. Background information about New Zealand can be found on:

New Zealand County Review (UniMelb staff & student access) - an annually updated detailed report of demographic, social, political, economic, business, investment, cultural and environmental information. This is an excellent an up to date source of information on the history and government of New Zealand, and includes information on freedoms, human rights etc.

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Country Briefs - New Zealand (open access)

CIA - the World Factbook: New Zealand (open access) includes country information in 80 topic areas under the main headings of Geography, People and Society, Economy, Energy, Communications, Military & Security, Transportation, and Transnational Issues.

Europa World Plus (UniMelb staff and students only)

New Zealand Legal Research Books

New Zealand Legal Research Guides

A great place to start your New Zealand legal research 

The Laws of New Zealand (available on Lexis Advance) is an encyclopaedic resource and a good starting point for any NZ legal research. It is arranged alphabetically by topic and includes up to date commentary, legislation and cases on each topic.

See also:

Latest New Zealand Legal News

Legal news feed from the Global Legal Monitor at the Library of Congress.

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Doing business in New Zealand

Guide Author 

This Research Guide is created and maintained by the MLS Academic Research Service, Melbourne Law School.

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