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Public Law Rights & Obligations
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24 August 2021 - Please note that due to the COVID-19 lockdown the Public Law Rights & Obligations Forum scheduled for 1 September is now being held by live web stream only Current registrants have been emailed directly. Registrations remain open for the live web stream. 

The Treaty of Waitangi | Te Tiriti o Waitangi, human rights (including those affirmed in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990) and international law all bear on the exercise of public law powers and duties. These rights and obligations are ever more important and challenging elements of public law decision-making.

This half day forum will canvas how Te Tiriti o Waitangi, international obligations and human rights are engaged in the exercise of public law powers and duties and provide tools to effectively analyse and address these issues in your day-to-day practice.

Topics covered will include:

  • Key working principles, practical insights, risks and opportunities
  • Recent judicial decisions, legislative and policy initiatives and other current developments
  • Coming prospects and emerging challenges.

Learning objectives

After attending this forum you will:

  • Understand how Te Tiriti o Waitangi, international obligations and human rights bear on the exercise of public law powers and duties.
  • Have a practical perspective on how best to advise, challenge and defend, public decision makers.

Who should attend

All administrative/public and civil litigators, in-house counsel, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi practitioners.

Book / Technical Specs

A background book written by the presenters is available in hard copy, PDF, or both. Please indicate your choice upon registration. 

  • Hard Copy - Your book will be posted to you - no extra charge 
  • PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event - no extra charge 
  • Both Hard Copy & PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event, and posted the hard copy book  - additional $30 charge
For information on what is required to participate in the live web stream , click here.


  • Elana Geddis, Barrister, Wellington
  • Ben Keith, Thorndon Chambers, Wellington
  • Matthew Smith, Thorndon Chambers, Wellington


  • 9.00am - 1.00pm Forum
  • Live web stream registration closes - 3pm Tuesday 31 August 2021

Fee (Incl GST)

Live Web Stream

  • $405 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $455 - Non-members
  • 2+1 registrations click here for more info Registration by email only. This option must be selected at the time of registration and cannot be applied retrospectively
Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Use the Multiple Registration button below or Click here

View PDF brochure and registration form here.

Live Web Stream 1 September
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.

Cancellation and refund policy

You may cancel your registration eight working days in advance of an event, and you will receive a refund less a 25% administration fee. If you cancel less than eight working days in advance of the event, no refund is payable. If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. If you wish to do so you must advise CLE in writing of the change. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to close registrations, and, cancel or reschedule an event as necessary. Where an event is cancelled by CLE, a full refund is payable.

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