New Zealand human rights law

Chief Executive of Dept of Corrections v Chisnall [2019] NZHC 3126; [2020] 2 NZLR 110 (HC): first contested application for declaration of inconsistency; lead counsel for successful applicant; appeal and cross-appeal to Court of Appeal to be heard November 2020.

Kim v Minister of Justice of New Zealand [2019] NZCA 209; [2019] 3 NZLR 17 (CA): challenge to Minister’s decision to permit extradition of New Zealand resident to China at risk of torture and gross trial unfairness, in reliance on assurances; joint counsel for successful appellant; appeal to Supreme Court heard February 2020 – reserve.

A v Minister of Internal Affairs [2018] NZHC 1328; [2018] 3 NZLR 583 (HC): interlocutory determination as to mandatory content of disclosure in closed material proceeding; special advocate on behalf of successful applicant; substantive case pending 2020

Turners & Growers Ltd v Zespri Group Ltd (No 2) (2010) 9 HRNZ 365 (HC): challenge to single grower regime on grounds of freedom of association; lead counsel for Attorney-General as successful defendant

Vaihu v Attorney-General [2007] NZCA 574; (2007) 8 HRNZ 403; [2008] NZAR 83: claim of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment over police dog bite and serious injury; lead counsel for Attorney-General as successful defendant; also successful opposition to leave to appeal [2008] NZSC 19

Morgan v Superintendent, Rimutaka Prison [2005] 3 NZLR 1; (2005) 21 CRNZ 514; (2005) 21 CRNZ 668; [2005] NZSC 26: challenge by habeas corpus to application of parole legislation as retrospective change in penalty; junior counsel for successful defendant in Supreme Court; lead counsel in High Court/Court of Appeal

Ransfield v Radio Network Ltd [2005] 1 NZLR 233 (HC): damages claim alleging positive obligation to permit participation in radio broadcasts on grounds of freedom of expression: counsel for Attorney-General as successful defendant

Taunoa v Attorney-General [2008] 1 NZLR 429 (SC) human rights standards governing prison adminstration/principles of public law compensation; junior counsel for Attorney-General

P F Sugrue Ltd v Attorney-General [2006] 3 NZLR 464 (PC) statutory search/seizure and limitation under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act; junior counsel for Attorney-General

Hester v Commissioner of Inland Revenue [2005] 2 NZLR 172 (CA); [2005] 2 NZLR 473 (SC- leave – declined) interpretation of charitable tax exemptions and religious discrimination; junior counsel for Attorney-General