Public and private international law

LRR v COL [2020] NZCA 209: appeal from order for return of child under Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction; appeal upheld, finding proactive approach required to ensure protection of children from grave risk; lead counsel for successful appellant. Also LRR v COL [2019] NZCA 620 (successful interlocutory application requiring applicant to disclose criminal and other records).

Kim v Minister of Justice of New Zealand [2019] NZCA 209, [2019] 3 NZLR 173: appeal against extradition, including under the Convention against Torture and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; joint counsel for successful appellant; appeal to Supreme Court heard February 2020.

Teddy v New Zealand Police [2015] NZAR 80; (2014) 27 CRNZ 1; [2014] NZCA 422: appeal against conviction for maritime offences committed outside territorial waters; lead counsel for successful respondent

U v Attorney-General [2013] 2 NZLR 115; [2012] NZCA 616 ; [2013] NZFLR 193 : appeal seeking to uphold intercountry adoption outside Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption

Attorney-General v X [2008] 2 NZLR 579 (SC) confidentiality in refugee proceedings concerning crimes against humanity; specialist junior counsel for Attorney-General as successful appellant

Omunkete Pty Ltd v Minister of Fisheries/Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade (High Court, CIV 2008-485-1310) urgent challenge to enforcement against IUU Southern Ocean fishing activity under Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources; lead counsel for successful defendants

Fang v Jiang [2007] NZAR 420 (HC) New Zealand precedent case authority on state immunity and extraterritorial jurisdiction; joint counsel for Attorney-General as intervenor