events

Event: Human Rights, conflict and dancing in Colombia - 7 June 2017

Event: Human Rights, conflict and dancing in Colombia - 7 June 2017

The Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Law Society's Women in Law Committee is hosting Wellington lawyer, Sarah Cates, who will share her professional and personal insights and reflections following her sabbatical working in human rights in Colombia in the framework of the armed conflict.  When? Wednesday, 7 June 2017 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Russell McVeagh, Level 24, Vodafone Building, 157 Lambton Quay, Wellington CBD. RSVP your attendance ASAP by 5 June 2017 as seats are limited: WLCsarahcates@gmail.com

Public Lecture: "Equality Deferred: Human Rights Law in Canada" by Prof. Dominique Clément"

Public Lecture: "Equality Deferred: Human Rights Law in Canada" by Prof. Dominique Clément"

Professor Clément Clément asks is human rights transformative? Are we more equal today? Clément explores the historical origins of human rights law, politics and activism in Canada. He focuses on sex discrimination and recent controversial cases that have contributed to a backlash that has led to several regressive legal reforms. 

Asylum-Seekers: The New Zealand Experience

Asylum-Seekers: The New Zealand Experience

Our friends in New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice have a Continuing Legal Education event coming up:

It has been five years since the Immigration Act was passed by the New Zealand Parliament. This symposium provides an opportunity for legal practitioners, decision and policy-makers, civil society organisations and community members to review how it operates in practice, whether it meets the needs of claimants and New Zealand’s obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention

Enforcing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities across Asia-Pacific

Enforcing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities across Asia-Pacific

Our friends in New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice have a public presentation and discussion by International Disability Rights Experts Professor Michael Perlin & Attorney Yoshikazu Ikehara coming up.

“The CRPD”, they argue, “clearly establishes, through hard law, the international human and legal rights of persons with disabilities. In order for this Convention to be more than a mere paper victory, however, it must be enforced.

Grant Illingworth QC speech: "The Right to Leave New Zealand"

Grant Illingworth QC speech: "The Right to Leave New Zealand"

Under s 18(3) of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 everyone has the right to leave New Zealand. By virtue of section 5 of BORA, that right may be subject to restrictions only if the limitations are prescribed by law and are demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. Once a New Zealand citizen or resident has exercised her democratic right to leave New Zealand, it would seem obvious that she should be able to travel where she pleases without interference from our government. The problem with all this, however, is that:

  • to be able to leave New Zealand and travel overseas, our hypothetical citizen needs a passport, or at least some form of travel document; and
  • s 18 of BORA can be overridden by ordinary legislation enacted under urgency, via a simple majority in a unicameral legislature, without necessarily having full regard to what can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.

HRLA Political Panel Discussion and AGM - 4 September 2014

HRLA Political Panel Discussion and AGM - 4 September 2014

From 6.30 pm on Thursday 4 September 2014, the Human Rights Lawyers Association Aotearoa New Zealand will hold a political panel discussion followed by the Association's annual general meeting. This will take place at the University of Auckland. The precise venue will be confirmed shortly.

The subject of the panel discussion is New Zealand’s key human rights priorities for the next three years

AGM Announcement: 6:30 pm on Thursday 4 September 2014

The Association's 2014 AGM is one month away.  We are hosting a political panel discussion about New Zealand's key human rights priorities for the next three years.

  • Date: 4 September 2014
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: The University of Auckland

There will be time to mix and mingle from 6:30 to 7:00 pm, then approximately one hour of panel discussion, and then a brief annual general meeting.

The event is open to the public, though only Association members are entitled to vote. Proxy voting forms will be available in advance of the meeting.

We will shortly be calling for nominations for the 2014-2015 executive board. If you are interested in joining the executive or wish to raise an agenda item for the AGM, please email the Co-Chairs.

Look forward to seeing you on 4 September!

HRLA turns one!

HRLA turns one!

The Association was founded on 26 June 2013, so celebrated its first anniversary a fortnight ago. This email therefore announces the Association's second Annual General Meeting (AGM) and calls for nominations for executive board members - as well as announcing an exciting fundraising event.