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Thinking about Law and Policy: Lessons for Lawyers
Crown Law Office & Law Commission (2006)
  • Matthew S. R. Palmer
The paper outlines a simplified view of the paradigmatic approaches of the disciplines of law to legal issues and policy analysis to policy issues. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of the inherent biases likely to emanate from each approach when applied to matters of policy advice within Government. It suggests that, when approaching policy issues, those with legal training should be aware of the need to: identify the government’s objective; identifying all relevant policy options; and the need to undertake a broad analysis of all relevant considerations.
Publication Date
December, 2006
Citation Information
Matthew S. R. Palmer. "Thinking about Law and Policy: Lessons for Lawyers" (Crown Law Office & Law Commission. Wellington, New Zealand. Dec. 2006). Available at: