Billionaire case judge to teach Internet law issues

The judge whose name suppression order sparked a public debate about the viability of such laws in the Internet era is to teach a new course called Law and Information Technology.

The judge whose name suppression order sparked a public debate about the viability of such laws in the Internet era is to teach a new course called Law and Information Technology.

Judge David Harvey created a national furore earlier this year when he granted name supression to an American billionaire caught bringing cannabis into the country.

Although the New Zealand Herald has tried and failed to have the suppression order lifted, the country's hundreds of thousands of Internet users have been able to learn the man's name via the Internet, where it has been carried by foreign news agencies and newspapers, and disseminated in Usenet newsgroups.

Harvey, an experienced Internet user who maintains his own Websites, has taken up a position as a part-time lecturer at the Auckland University Law School. His course runs for a semester and is comprised of 24 two hour lectures to run between February 28 and May 31.

Among the issues Harvey will be looking at are Internet defamation, computer crimes, evidence, jurisdiction, freedom of information, intellectual property, tort, e-commerce and contract and internet regulation.

Harvey will also cover the application of IT to law work and legal research.

The home page for the course is at:

http://www.law.auckland.ac.nz/itlaw/ITLawHome.htm

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