Intervening in Cases with a Human Rights Dimension - Does it make a difference?

22 March 2018


The Faculty of Law and the Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice have organised a panel discussion on “Intervening in Cases with a Human Rights Dimension - Does it make a difference?”.
The keynote speaker is Professor Elizabeth Sheehy from the University of Ottawa and a Distinguished Visitor at the University of Auckland.  She will be joined by two New Zealand lawyers with extensive experience of interventions.  They are Frances Joychild QC, and John Hancock, Senior Legal Adviser at the Human Rights Commission.
The panel will contribute to the Law Foundation funded research being undertaken by the Human Rights Centre on interventions in cases with a human rights dimension.


Date: Thursday, 22 March 2018
Time: 5.30 - 7.00pm
Venue: Auckland Law School
Building 801, Level 3
Stone Lecture Theatre
9 Eden Crescent
Auckland 1010
RSVP: Wednesday, 21 March 2018 to
Elizabeth Sheehy

Professor Elizabeth Sheehy is an international expert on violence against women and women’s use of violence and the author of the award-winning book Defending Battered Women on Trial: Lessons from the Transcripts. In 2017 she received the Persons Award from the Governor General of Canada and, in 2018, the Order of Ontario from the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario for her advocacy for women’s equality in the criminal justice context over the course of her long and distinguished career.

Frances Joychild

Frances Joychild is a Queens Counsel practising from Auckland in the areas of public law, human rights and general civil litigation. She has acted as counsel in several leading human rights cases including the Atkinson and Child Poverty Action Group litigation.  She has acted as counsel on interventions in the Court of Appeal for the New Zealand Aids Foundation on hate speech, the Auckland Women Lawyers Association in the prosecution of a battered woman for benefit fraud, the IHC on the expulsion from school of a teenager with autism and in the Supreme Court for the Human Rights Commission on compulsory retirement ages for pilots.

John Hancock

John Hancock  is a Senior Legal Adviser at the New Zealand Human Rights  Comission. During his  time at the Commission, he has co-ordinated the Commission’s interventions in a number of human rights cases before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Surpreme Court, including Seales v Attorney-General, including Seales v Attorney-General, Spencer v Attorney-General, Attorney-General v Taylor and Brown v NZ Basing Ltd.  Prior to joining the Commission in 2015, John was Principal Advisor (Legal) at the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, a barrister and Youth Advocate in the Auckland Youth Court.  Prior to 2011 he was the supervising Senior Solicitor at YouthLaw, a national community law centre based in Auckland.