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September 2016

Outstanding contribution: Otago Law Professors Skegg and Smillie are acknowledged

Yesterday the Otago Law Faculty celebrated the launch of two Law Foundation funded books written in honour of their academic staff: Emeritus Professor Peter Skegg and Emeritus Professor John Smillie.

The books, “Law, Ethics, and Medicine: Essays in honour of Peter Skegg” and “The Search for Certainty: Essays in Honour of John Smillie”, are tributes to the wonderful contribution these two outstanding scholars have made during their academic careers.

Professors John Smillie and Peter Skegg receive festschrifts written in honour of their outstanding contribution to law during their academic careers

Professor Skegg has been described as ‘one of the two fathers of medical law’ and a leading figure in the study of law and medicine. During his 46-year academic career he has worked at the University of Auckland, University of Oxford, and the University of Otago.

Professor Smillie’s career at the University of Otago spanned over forty years in which he engaged in many different areas of the law. From administrative law to tort; legal theory to civil obligations, it is said that the common denominator in Professor Smillie’s work was a search for legal certainty and clarity, and this is demonstrated in the responses in the book that honours some of his most influential works.

The Foundation congratulates Emeritus Professors Smillie and Skegg on their wonderful contribution to New Zealand Law, and is delighted to have contributed to the publication of their tribute books.


Law, Ethics, and Medicine: Essays in honour of Peter Skegg
The Search for Certainty: Essays in Honour of John Smillie

The Law Foundation has awarded up to $15,700 towards the production of these festschrifts