The New Zealand Postgraduate Law e-Journal


Constitution and policy

Learn more about the mission, constitution and policy of the New Zealand Postgraduate Law e-Journal.

  1. Purpose. The NZPGLeJournal is dedicated to the promotion of New Zealand postgraduate legal research. It has two main purposes: 1) to provide postgraduate law students with the opportunity to make their work accessible to a wider audience and get acquainted with the procedures involved in the production, submission and publication of academic work; 2) to foster and enhance the postgraduate legal environment in New Zealand.
  2. Mission. The NZPGLeJournal seeks to be the pre-eminent postgraduate law journal in New Zealand and the South Pacific and is therefore committed to excellence in all areas. As such, it will only publish contributions of the highest standard which have been rigorously edited by the Editorial Board.
  3. Contributions. Publications take either the form of main articles (usually between 6,000 and 18.000 words) or that of shorter updates and commentaries on relevant legal issues. Only contributions (or substantially similar contributions) that have not been published (and are not under consideration) elsewhere can be considered for publication in the NZPGLeJournal. Upon publication, all papers become property of the NZPGLeJournal.
  4. Logo and Motto. The logo of the NZPGLeJournal is a shielded icon featuring a book (symbol of knowledge) and two crowns (symbol of law and order) with the inscription "Sub Lege Libertas" (Latin for "Freedom under the Restraint of the Law"). It symbolizes the importance of the trinity values of knowledge, liberty and the law―and their close connection.
  5. Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief has overall responsibility for all aspects of the publication. He or she is appointed by the Director of Postgraduate Studies at the University Of Auckland Faculty of Law after a call for applications and the receipt and consideration of applications. The Editor-in-Chief will then appoint a Deputy Editor-in-Chief and, in consultation with the Director and Manager of Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland, an Editorial Board. The appointment of the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board is for one year, subject to one renewal only. The Editor-in-Chief should, where possible, be a PhD candidate and have a good knowledge of web-design.
  6. Deputy Editor-in-Chief. The role of the Deputy Editor-in-Chief is to assist the Editor-in-Chief in managing the publication. The Deputy Editor-in-Chief is actively involved in all decision-making, editorial and administrative processes and represents the NZPGLeJournal when the Editor-in-Chief is unable to do so.
  7. Editorial Board.
    1. Composition. The Editorial Board is made up of highly qualified people who are currently studying toward the postgraduate degrees of LLM (Master of Laws) or PhD (Doctor of Philosophy). In exceptional cases, recent graduates of these degrees can also be appointed as editors.
    2. Appointment. The Editorial Board is appointed by the Editor-in-Chief in consultation with the Deputy Editor-in-Chief and the Director and Manager of Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland. Board meetings are chaired by the Editor-in-Chief or, when the latter is unable to attend, by the Deputy Editor-in-Chief.
    3. Role. The Editorial Board recommends articles for publication to the Editor-in-Chief, who makes the final decision in consultation with the Deputy Editor-in-Chief. The Director of Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland has a veto over the publication of articles.
  8. Executive Board. The Executive Board is the link between the NZPGLeJournal and the Faculty of Law, University of Auckland and is made up of the Director and Manager of Postgraduate Studies, the Editor-in-Chief and the Deputy Editor-in-Chief. The Executive Board deals with matters such as relations with the other law schools.
  9. Equal Opportunities Policy Statement. The NZPGLeJournal is totally committed to equal opportunities and places the greatest importance on transparency and fairness of its procedures, both for the publication of articles as well as for editorial positions. While the NZPGLeJournal values contributions on their merits, it is also continuously trying to find better ways of nurturing diversity, rather than to make everyone conform to a particular stereotype or mould.