Here, we provide a range of human rights resources for our members and the public.
HRLA Partners & Friends
University of Auckland New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice
The Centre is a specialist centre hosted by the Faculty of Law, University of Auckland. It aims to provide a focal point for human rights research, education, community service and a range of human rights activities in New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region
Human Rights Foundation
The Foundation is a non-governmental organisation, established to promote and defend human rights through research-based education and advocacy.
NZ Human Rights Blog
The Blog is a hub for discussion and debate on issues relating to human rights in New Zealand and around the world. It examines issues of law and policy with an eye to the comparative merits of human rights frameworks and developing the best system possible for New Zealand.
New Zealand Human Rights Resources
Ministry of Justice
The Ministry provides the most comprehensive set of free resources on New Zealand’s international and domestic human rights obligations and laws.
Human Rights Commission
The Commission works under the Human Rights Act 1993. Its purpose is to promote and protect the human rights of all people in New Zealand.
Health and Disability Commissioner
The Commissioner ensures that the rights of health and disability consumers are upheld, which includes making sure complaints about health or disability services providers are taken care of fairly and efficiently.
New Zealand National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
UNESCO aims is to lay the foundations for lasting peace and sustainable development through dialogue and sharing knowledge. The Commission was established by the Government to manage New Zealand’s relationship with UNESCO.
Office of the Ombudsman
The Ombudsman handles complaints and investigates the administrative conduct of state sector agencies, including in relation to official information requests.
Office of the Privacy Commissioner
The Commissioner has a wide range of functions, including making public statements on matters affecting individual privacy and investigating complaints about breaches of privacy. The website has a useful 'Ask Us' search engine tool for finding answers to privacy questions.
Community Law Centres o Aotoeora (CLCA)
Every Community Law Centre in New Zealand is a member of the national body, CLCA. Among other things, it aims to provide information, networking, advocacy, communication, support and liaison services.
New Zealand Law Society (NZLS)
The NZLS provides a number of useful resources for the community, which include: a weekly email of news and information; various guides to the law that can help you understand your legal rights, the law and how a lawyer can assist; and instructions on how to find, choose and complain about a lawyer.
Crown Law Office
The Office provides legal and administrative support to the Solicitor-General. Part of his or her functions includes oversight of New Zealand's prosecution regime. Here you will find information on the guidelines that overarch Government Department, Police and Crown prosecutions. Notably, these guidelines include those relating to victims of crime.
New Zealand Human Rights Advocacy Groups
Amnesty International (NZ)
Amnesty International is a global movement of individuals who protect and defend human rights. It campaigns for justice wherever it has been denied and protects people, defending their right to freedom, truth and dignity.
Child Poverty Action Group
The Group is an independent charity working to eliminate child poverty in New Zealand through research, education and advocacy.
Equal Justice Project
The Project is a student run pro bono initiative empowering communities to seek equal access to justice through education, service, and advocacy. Run and led by students from the Faculty of Law, University of Auckland, its volunteers have in the past worked with practitioners, not-for-profit organisations, government departments, and the public to increase access to the law.
Equal Opportunity Trust
The Trust is a not-for-profit organisation tasked with providing equal opportunities information and tools to employers and raising awareness of diversity issues in New Zealand workplaces.
Howard League for Penal Reform (NZ)
The League works for a more humane prison system in New Zealand. It listens to prisoners’ voices and advocates on their behalf. It also works for open and rational debate on prison reform and alternatives to prison.
JustSpeak is a network of young people speaking to, and speaking up for a new generation of thinkers who want change in our criminal justice system. Based on evidence and experience, the organisation seeks to create a safer and more just New Zealand by minimising imprisonment, enabling better rehabilitation for offenders, and focusing on the social problems that lead to offending.
New Zealand Trade Unions
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions - Te Kauae Kaimahi
The Council brings together over 350,000 New Zealand union members in 40 affiliated unions. It serves as the united voice for working people and their families.
International Human Rights Resources
United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
The UNHRC is an inter-governmental body whose 47 member states are responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world.
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch leverages research on countries and issues addressed at the United Nations to inform officials and member states of key findings, to influence policy on a wide range of discussions and to push for urgent action on human rights crises.
Business & Human Rights Resources
The International Bar Association (IBA) Practical Guide on Business and Human Rights for Business Lawyers
The IBA Council adopted the Guide at its mid-2016 meeting in Barcelona, Spain. The NZLS is a member of the IBA. The Guide contains information on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, including their legal status and relevance to specific legal practice areas. It also considers the opportunities which the Guiding Principles present for business lawyers and the issues they pose for law firms.
Human Rights Academic Resources
University of Oxford Human Rights Hub
The Hub aims to bring together academics, practitioners, and policy-makers from across the globe to advance the understanding and protection of human rights and equality. Through the vigorous exchange of ideas and resources, it strives to facilitate a better understanding of human rights principles, to develop new approaches to policy, and to influence the development of human rights law and practice.
Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR)
OTJR is an inter-disciplinary network of more than 200 academics and students working on issues of transition in societies recovering from mass conflict and/or repressive rule at the University of Oxford. OTJR is dedicated to producing high-quality scholarship that connects intimately to practical and policy questions in transitional justice, including research within: domestic and international prosecutions; truth commissions and other truth-recovery processes; commemoration and memorialisation; local and traditional practices; compensation and reparations; and institutional reform.
University of Cambridge Centre of Governance and Human Rights
The Centre is an outward focused multi-disciplinary research endeavour strongly committed to advancing thought and practice within areas of critical importance to global justice and human wellbeing in the twenty-first century. It benefits from the ideas and involvement of a range of academics and students with expertise in a diverse range of disciplines.
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI)
HHI is a university-wide academic and research center at Harvard University that brings an interdisciplinary approach to promoting understanding of humanitarian crisis as a unique contributor to global health problems and to developing evidence-based approaches to humanitarian assistance.
UK Human Rights Blog
The Blog aims to provide a free, comprehensive and balanced legal update service. The Blog does not campaign on any particular issue, but rather presents both sides of the argument on issues which are often highly controversial.
Human Rights Media
Justice Info is as an online platform that draws together the expertise of academics and journalists in transitional justice to more effectively inform policy and practice. It combines real time journalistic coverage, policy advice, and academic analysis of transitional justice processes across the world and makes this material publicly accessible for local media, policy makers and practitioners.
openDemocracy is an independent global media platform that reports on social justice and political issues, and seeks to challenge power and encourage democratic debate across the world. With human rights as its central guiding focus, openDemocracy seeks to ask tough questions about freedom, justice and democracy.
Justice Adda is a unique social venture that aims to make human rights information accessible and useful in South Asia. Supported by Cambridge Judge Business School: Executive Education, Justice Adda uses design thinking to reduce educational, financial, spatial, and temporal boundaries that inhibit users from interacting with the law.
Overseas Human Rights Lawyers Groups
Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC)
BHRC is the international human rights arm of the Bar of England and Wales. It is dedicated to promoting justice and respect for human rights through the rule of law. BHRC’s work includes the protection of advocates, judges, human rights defenders and the marginalised and vulnerable. BHRC believes that the existence of an effective legal profession and infrastructure is a crucial pre-condition for the protection of civil liberties, democracy and justice.
Human Rights Lawyers Association (England and Wales)
The HRLA (England and Wales) is a forum for those involved in the law and legal professions to discuss human rights issues. It facilitates the sharing of knowledge and ideas about human rights law and foster the exchange of views between specialists from different areas of expertise and the wider legal community. Its principal objective is to increase knowledge and understanding of human rights and to aid their effective implementation within the UK legal framework and system of government
Australian Lawyers For Human Rights (ALHR)
ALHR is an association of legal professionals active in practising and promoting awareness of international human rights standards in Australia. ALHR has a national membership of Australian lawyers, barristers, judicial officers, legal academics and law students, with active National, State and Territory committees.
Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR)
CLAIHR is a non-governmental charitable organisation comprised of lawyers, law students and legal academics, among others, working to promote international human rights within and in connection to Canada.
International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI)
The IBAHRI works with the global legal community to promote and protect human rights and the independence of the legal profession worldwide. It provides human rights training and technical assistance for legal practitioners and institutions, building their capacity to effectively promote and protect human rights under a just rule of law.
American Bar Association Centre for Human Rights (ABA)
The ABA Centre for Human Rights works to develop educational programs in the field of human rights; promote a greater understanding of and belief in the importance of human rights; collaborate with other ABA entities in the development and encouragement of human rights efforts, activities and programs; and assist in the development of appropriate ABA polices on human rights issues.