The Association is a non-partisan independent group dedicated to the study and advancement of human rights in New Zealand and abroad. To this end, we:

  • engage in educational projects (included, but not limited to, Continued Legal Education courses);

  • provide amicus briefs;

  • assist in legal analysis and in the drafting of reports on human rights issues by other organisations;

  • draft submissions to highlight the human rights aspects of proposed legislative changes; and

  • undertake shadow reporting for international organisations.

We are a charitable incorporated society governed by an Advisory Council and Executive Board.


Our Advisory Council comprises seven senior and experienced lawyers and human rights experts:

  • Frank Godinet | Web

  • Rosslyn Noonan | Biography  

  • Rt Hon Anand Satyanand | Biography

  • Khylee Quince | Web

  • Grant Ilingworth QC | Web

  • Anna Adams | Web

  • Simon Mount | Web



David Tong | chair@hrla.org.nz | Web | Twitter | LinkedIn      

David is the CEO of P3 Foundation, New Zealand's youth movement again extreme poverty and for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.  He also coordinates the international Fast for the Climate campaign and the New Zealand Climate Action Network.  He holds a LLM (with First Class Honours) degree from the University of Auckland, which focused on the negotiations towards the Paris climate agreement.  From 2014-15, he was a community lawyer at the Auckland Community Law Centre.  From 2011- 13, he worked as a litigator at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts.  From 2009-10, he was a judges’ clerk at the Auckland High Court.  He is on the board of Greenpeace New Zealand, a member of the Human Rights Foundation's management committee, and deputy chair of the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education Limited.



Rebecca has worked at the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina as a legal adviser and human rights officer.  There she managed a portfolio of hate crimes in the context of conflict prevention and was involved in monitoring and advocacy regarding minorities, Roma, returnees/IDPs, domestic violence, social and economic rights, and discrimination.  She was also involved in transitional justice activities.  Rebecca has also worked with the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and for the Interdisciplinary Journal for Human Rights Law.  Since returning to New Zealand, she has worked on Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi matters and is now at the Takeovers Panel.  She holds BA and LLB(Hons) degrees from the University of Auckland and a MSt in International Human Rights Law degree from the University of Oxford.



Over his career, Andrew has worked as a Crown Prosecutor and civil litigator in New Plymouth, Whanganui and, more recently, Wellington.  Prior to that he worked as a solicitor at boutique finance law firm in Auckland.  Andrew holds BA and LLB(Hons) degrees from the University of Auckland, a MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice degree from the University of Oxford, and a MPhil(Distinction) in Criminological Research degree from the University of Cambridge.  He is published on the prosecutor's role in relation to victim impact impact statements and has spoken at the University of Oxford on the prosecutor's role in sentencing.  He has particular interests in trial advocacy, sentencing law and policy, and human rights.  



Samantha is a lawyer based in Auckland.  Over her career, she has practised as a civil litigator in Auckland and Crown Prosecutor in New Plymouth and Wellington.  Samantha's interest in human rights traces back to her internship at the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials at the Office of the Prosecutors of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia.  There she worked on 'case 002' - the trial of two senior leaders of the Democratic Kampuchea.  Samantha is presently reading towards a LLM degree part-time through the University of Auckland with a focus on international human rights.  She holds BA and LLB degrees from the University of Canterbury.





HRLANZ is proud to be affiliated with the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice and the Human Rights Foundation. We also support the New Zealand Human Rights Blog.