The New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice


About us


Learn more about the purpose and aims of the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice.

The New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice was established as of 1 January 2012 by the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Auckland. It is a Centre of the Department of Law, with initial funding from the Faculty of Law and the University of Auckland. However, as the name indicates, we aim to be a resource for the country as a whole (and indeed the wider Asia Pacific region) and also to be multi-disciplinary: the legal framework for human rights law is only one aspect, and developing effective policies and encouraging human-rights compliant practices is also of central importance.

The establishment of the Centre is intended to provide a focal point for research, education, community-service, and a range of human rights activities in New Zealand and the wider Asia Pacific region. The Centre is composed of academic members from various universities in New Zealand (both in law faculties and in other disciplines) and others involved in human rights research and activities.

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The Centre's aims include:

  • providing a multi-disciplinary online forum for debate about human rights law, policy and practice
  • hosting public lectures and seminars on human rights topics
  • providing a forum for cross disciplinary and inter-university collaboration on human rights related research
  • developing courses in human rights law at the undergraduate and post-graduate level
  • working with the legal profession to improve the use made of human rights law
  • working with non-governmental organisations and government on the development of human rights policies
  • researching into the pedagogy of human rights law
  • assisting students who want to intern in human rights matters and graduates who want to find a career in human rights.