Government Law – Year in Review Half-Day Seminar

New Zealand Centre for Public Law

When: 12 February 2018,12:45–5:15pm (seminar) and 5:45–6:45pm (keynote address)
Location: Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Wellington
CPD compatible: 5.5 hours

This half-day seminar discussed key developments in government law over the past year.

Seminar programme


  • Te Tiriti/Māori issues
    Dr Carwyn Jones,
    Victoria University of Wellington


  • Updates from abroad: United Kingdom, video vignette
    Catherine Callaghan QC, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers


  • Judicial Review
    Dr Eddie Clark,
    Victoria University of Wellington
  • Election and Government Formation
    Professor Andrew Geddis,
    University of Otago


  • Updates from abroad: United States, video vignette
    Professor Neil S Siegel,
    David W Ichel Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, Duke University


  • NZ Bill of Rights Act
    Professor Claudia Geiringer,
    Victoria University of Wellington


  • Updates from abroad: Canada, video vignette
    Lorne Sossin,
    Dean and Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Miscellaneous topics

  • Osborne v Worksafe New Zealand—on the failure to proceed with a prosecution in relation to the Pike River disaster
    Madeleine Laracy, Deputy Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security
  • “Let’s Tax This”—decisions of the Advertising Standards Authority and Broadcasting Standards Authority
    Steven Price, Barrister/Victoria University of Wellington adjunct lecturer
  • Update on developments in relation to pay equity
    Martha Coleman, Barrister
  • Comments on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership
    Professor Susy Frankel, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Update on the Legislation Bill
    Elana Geddis, Barrister


  • Updates from abroad: Australia, video vignette
    Professor Rosalind Dixon, University of New South Wales


Keynote address:

  • Vigilance and Restraint in the Common Law of Judicial Review
    Dr Dean Knight, Victoria University of Wellington
    Address based on his book: Vigilance and Restraint in the Common Law of Judicial Review (Cambridge University Press, 2017)