Delve into a wealth of research and analysis on issues related to public law, both in New Zealand and on the international stage.

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New Zealand public law

NZCPL explores core constitutional questions in New Zealand, along with a wide range of areas of governance.

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Comparative public law

The Centre engages with public law issues outside New Zealand, taking a broad approach to comparative public law.

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Public international law

As well as looking at the relationship between the state and individuals, we examine relationships between states and other international actors.

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    This half day seminar will explain and discuss key developments in government law over the…

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  • COVID-19 collaboration

    Academic staff at the New Zealand Centre for Public Law collaborated with law scholars throughout New Zealand to share scholarship, analysis, and commentary on the legal and constitutional implications of the COVID-19 emergency.

  • Judicial review and constitutional balance

    The Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias, Chief Justice of New Zealand, gave an address to a gathering at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington on the topic of ‘Judicial review and constitutional balance’. Excerpts from the conclusion of her speech follow.