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Human Rights Law - new frontiers

Human Rights Law - new frontiers
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From the Chair

The law of human rights is all pervasive. It supplies restraints on public power as well as generating positive statutory remedies for individuals. It shapes statutory interpretation and common law developments. While the early years of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 revolved around criminal procedure we are now seeing human rights claims against the administrative and regulatory state at all levels – against statutory decision-makers, tribunals, school boards and administrators.

The Supreme Court’s confirmation of a judicial power to make “declarations of inconsistency” – of a statute with a right in the Bill of Rights – has made explicit the fact that the Bill of Rights is a standard with which all law must comport. It differs from the North American bills of rights only in matters of remedy, and even then those differences may come to mean less if a pattern of parliamentary compliance with declarations emerges, as has happened in the United Kingdom.

The programme for this intensive is designed to look at current and emerging issues across a range of human rights topics. A panel of very knowledgeable experts has been assembled. The aim is a practical and inspiring day, with lots of scope for interaction. I encourage you to attend and look forward to seeing you there.

Chair: Paul Rishworth QC

Programme outline

Download the course brochure for a full outline of each session
  • Judicial Declarations of Inconsistency
  • Human Rights Review Tribunal and Beyond
  • Comparators and All That: possibilities and challenges in the way ahead for pay equity
  • Gender Identity Issues
  • The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 and Judicial Review
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Remedies for Breaches of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 - theory and practice
  • Individual Complaints Procedures Under UN Human Rights Treaties: The New Zealand experience

Learning objectives

In this intensive you will:

  • Get an overview of new and emerging issues in human rights law.
  • Learn about the most recent cases in the selected areas.
  • Gain new skills in making human rights arguments in policy and litigation.

Who should attend

Lawyers in government and private practice, as well as civil and criminal.


  • 8.30am Registration
  • 9.00am Sessions begin
  • 5.00pm Sessions end


Please indicate your selection upon registration:
  • Hard Copy - Your book will be given to you when you register on the day* - 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 you can collect the hard copy book when you register on the day*  - additional $30 charge

*Live web stream attendees - if you select hard copy or both - your book will be couriered to you.

Fee (incl GST)


Earlybird - by 15 April 2019
  • $695 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $755 - Non-members

Registration - after 15 April 2019

  • $745 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $805 - Non-members

Live Web Stream

Earlybird - by 15 April 2019
  • $675

Registration - after 15 April 2019
  • $725

Download PDF Brochure & registration form here.
Wellington 7 May
Auckland 8 May
Live Web Stream 7 May
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.

Cancellation and refund policy

Please note: Minimum and maximum numbers apply. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come/first-served basis. Registrations close 10 working days before the presentation date (the closing date). NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel any session that does not reach the budgeted minimum number of registrations. This decision will be made on the closing date and a full refund will be made to each registrant of the cancelled session. If you cancel your registration before the closing date, a refund will be made, less a $100 administration fee. After the closing date, there will be no refund. You may transfer your registration to another person until five working days before the presentation. Please advise NZLS CLE Ltd in writing of the change.

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