June 26, 2023

Amicus Curiae: First Wānanga

The latest issue of Amicus Curiae has been published and includes the special section, “Tikanga as the First Law of New Zealand Law: the need for a system-wide cognitive shift | Ko te tikanga Māori te mana tuatahi o Aotearoa: me tōrua marire te au whakaaro o te pūnaha ture nui tonu” .
To read the special section, please click here: https://journals.sas.ac.uk/amicus

The special section begins with Mai Chen’s paper on “the Increasing need for Cultural Experts in New Zealand”, which was written for the Euro-Expert Conference on Cultural Expertise in the Courts in Europe and Beyond: Special Focus on France and International Perspectives, held at the Universite Paris Pantheon Sorbonne on 6-7 April 2023, and is provided as a contextual introduction to the Wananga for those less familiar with the Tikanga development in New Zealand. Following this are the presentations of Justice Joe Williams, Justice Whata, Justice Powell, Chief District Court Judge Taumaunu, Acting Chief Judge Fox and Judge Doogan from the Wānanga on Tikanga and the Law, held on 3 May 2023, at Buddle Findlay’s Auckland office, with support of the New Zealand Bar Association. All of the presentations have been edited and embellished by the judges and should be considered a light-handed introduction to a very complex subject matter, that only expresses one view of Tikanga. The final article is by Justice Emilios Kyrou, a Judge of the Australian Federal Court and President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on “Cultural Experts and Evidence in Australian Courts”.


Amicus Curiae is the official journal of both the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London and its Society for Advanced Legal Studies. The journal is published three times a year and includes a range of articles that raise and explore important legal issues.