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Immigration & Protection Tribunal - humanitarian appeals

Immigration & Protection Tribunal - humanitarian appeals
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The Immigration and Protection Tribunal (the Tribunal) is an independent body established under the Immigration Act 2009 and hears a range of appeals including deportation (humanitarian). The stakes are extremely high with the decisions of the Tribunal often life-changing for those subject to its decisions.

Attend this seminar and receive the benefit of practical and candid advice with regard to submitting strong humanitarian appeals to the Tribunal. The presenters will encompass both “on the paper” appeals and oral hearings.

This seminar will include:

  • Clarification about the jurisdiction
  • General procedural points
  • Documentation required for appeals
  • Competent and relevant submissions and evidence.

Learning objectives

After attending this seminar you will:

  • Have a greater understanding of the jurisdiction of the Immigration & Protection Tribunal.
  • Be more familiar with the procedures and documentation required for an appeal.

Who should attend

Immigration lawyers and those interested in practising in this area.


A short paper, in PDF format, together with a copy of the powerpoint presentation will be emailed out prior to the seminar.


  • 4.00pm - 6.00pm (tea and coffee available on arrival)

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $125 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $175 - Non-members
  • Live web stream group pricing available! Click here

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here
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Live Web Stream 10 March
Auckland 10 March


Judge Peter Spiller WEB EDIT Judge Peter Spiller
Chair, Immigration & Protection Tribunal, New Zealand

Judge Spiller, PhD, is a graduate of Natal, Cambridge and Canterbury Universities. He has taught law at universities in South Africa and New Zealand over the last 44 years. He concluded his full-time academic career as Professor of Law at the University of Waikato, where he also served as Chairperson and Acting Dean. During the years 2005-2010, Peter was Principal Disputes Referee, in charge of the Disputes Tribunals of New Zealand. In 2009, he was appointed as a District Court Judge, and he exercised civil and criminal jurisdiction in Hamilton and surrounding courts. Since 2014, Peter has been Chair of the Immigration and Protection Tribunal.

Judge Spiller has published a number of books, including A History of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand, The Disputes Tribunals of New Zealand, and The New Zealand Law Dictionary, and published a wide range of articles on legal history and the court system.
Martin Treadwell pic WEB EDIT Martin Treadwell
Deputy Chair, Immigration & Protection Tribunal, New Zealand

Martin graduated as a lawyer in New Zealand in 1986. He was appointed full-time to the New Zealand Refugee Status Appeals Authority in 1995, and to the Residence Review Board and the Removal Review Authority in 1998.

In 2008, Martin was also appointed as Deputy Presiding Member of the Deportation Review Tribunal, and held all four refugee and immigration warrants until the creation of the Immigration & Protection Tribunal in November 2010, on which he was appointed to the position of Deputy Chair.

Martin has delivered training in refugee law and related fields in numerous other jurisdictions, including Australia, Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Vanuatu and South Africa. He was a member of the IARLJ/UNHCR project to establish the Refugee Appeal Board in South Africa in 2001 and was a member of the January 2015 UNHCR Expert Roundtable on Credibility, in Budapest and the 2017 UNHCR Expert Roundtable on Family Unity, in Brussels.

Cancellation and refund policy

If written notice of cancellation of a registration arrives before the day of the seminar we will refund the registration fee, less an administration fee of $40. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute - to correctly assign CPD credit, CLE must be notified in advance. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.

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0800 333 111


04 472 7837

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Level 4, 17-21 Whitmore Street
Wellington 6011

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PO Box 5041
Wellington 6140
New Zealand