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Human Rights Law Trans-Tasman Conference

Rydges Lakeland Resort, Queenstown, New Zealand

Human Rights Law Trans-Tasman Conference

Human rights litigation has grown significantly on both sides of the Tasman over the last 10 years or so. Yet, despite the many similarities in our economic, social and legal cultures, reference to case law on the other side of the Tasman is relatively sparse. The conference will cover some of the big issues of the day on both sides of the Tasman, including the impact of human rights litigation on criminal law and procedure, climate change, indigenous rights, religion and personal liberty.

About this Event

The first Human Rights Law Trans-Tasman Conference will be held in Queenstown, New Zealand on 12 and 13 August 2024, hosted by NZLS CLE.

This two-day case law conference will explore the synergies and differences in the protection of human rights in New Zealand and Australia. Participants will learn how human rights are protected in law, forge valuable connections and share their knowledge in this increasingly expanding dynamic area of law.

The conference will provide papers from leading judges, practitioners and academics from both sides of the Tasman covering topics such as:

  • Differences and similarities in the statutory protection of human rights
  • Human rights methodology
  • Proportionality in human rights statutes
  • Important recent constitutional decision of the Australian High Court: NZYQ
  • Recent case law on the protection of cultural rights, criminal procedure, common law protection of human rights and the right to a healthy environment in the context of climate change.

The conference will closely examine the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 and Human Rights Acts in the ACT, Victoria and Queensland, providing a timely reflection on the case law that has developed under these statutes.

Conference chairs:

  • Andrew Butler KC (New Zealand)
  • Kylie Evans SC (Australia)

Keynote speakers:

  • The Rt Hon Helen Winkelmann (GNZM), Chief Justice of New Zealand
  • The Hon Justice Kristen Walker, Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria

Click here for more information and registration.

Event Details


12 August 2024 - 13 August 2024


Rydges Lakeland Resort, Queenstown, New Zealand


2 days