The impact of international human rights treaties on New Zealand law, policy and practice

New Zealand is proud of its human rights record.  Successive governments have ratified a number of major international human rights treaties, but there’s scant research available about their impact.

Former Justice Minister and Professor of Law and Public Policy at Waikato University, Margaret Wilson is working with Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Judy McGregor and the Commission’s Principal Legal and Policy Adviser, Sylvia Bell, on a three-year study funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation to assess the impact these treaties are having, how they are used by the State and by the courts, and whether they influence domestic legislation, policy development and practice.

The first stage in the study, a literature review is available here (Word 90Kb).

The  second quarter progress report to the Law Foundation (PDF 508KB)

A list of citations of the ICCPR in domestic case law (Word 127KB)

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