About the Office of Human Rights Proceedings

Who we are

The Office of Human Rights Proceedings (the Office) is an independent part of the Human Rights Commission and is headed by the Director of Human Rights Proceedings (the Director).

The Director decides whether to provide legal representation to applicants who wish to take unlawful discrimination proceedings in the Human Rights Review Tribunal (the Tribunal) under the Human Rights Act 1993. The Director also brings interference of privacy proceedings to the Tribunal under the Privacy Act 1993. The Director's staff include a senior solicitor, a solicitor, a legal executive and an administrator. 

The Director of Human Rights Proceedings - Robert Kee

The Director is a highly experienced litigator who is appointed by warrant signed by the Governor General, for a term of five years. The Director is required to perform his statutory functions under the Human Rights Act 1993, independently of anyone else, including Government Ministers.

Robert Kee was appointed as Director in 2013. Mr Kee graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1986. He has over 20 years of experience practising as a criminal barrister. He is a former convenor of the Criminal Law Committee of the Auckland District Law Society and has been an active member of several lawyers' representative bodies. 

What we do

The Office can provide free legal representation to applicants who:

(a) believe they have been unlawfully discriminated against;

(b) have complained to the Human Rights Commission; and

(c) wish to take their case to the Tribunal

The Office can only provide legal representation to people who have already made a complaint to the Human Rights Commission. You can make a complaint to the Commission by visiting their website

The Director can also bring interference with privacy proceedings in the Tribunal when such proceedings are referred to him by the Privacy Commissioner