Scots law and legal pluralism in Aotearoa: Some preliminary thoughts

Lectures, talks and seminars

Old Kirk 406 (F L W Wood Seminar Room) and via Zoom

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Was there a second law of New Zealand or second laws? Though English law was officially transplanted to Britain’s colonies, Scots law had a hidden influence on settler society and governance. This paper reveals some preliminary discoveries from my Marsden-funded project on Scots law in Aotearoa New Zealand. It examines the role of Scottish criminal procedure on the administration of justice in the second half of the nineteenth century.

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Speaker Bios

Valerie Wallace, a Senior Lecturer in History at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, researches Scotland’s role in British settler colonialism. Her first prize-winning book, Scottish Presbyterianism and Settler Colonial Politics: Empire of Dissent (2018) considered the disruptive influence of Scottish politico-religious ideas in the age of reform. Her current Marsden-funded project investigates the hidden impact of Scots law and legal procedure on settler society and governance in nineteenth-century Aotearoa New Zealand.

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For more information contact: Valerie Wallace