Stories of how our funding has helped shape development in legal thinking, policy and action

The Cartwright Inquiry – learning the lessons

In the words of eminent epidemiologist Sir David Skegg, the Cartwright Inquiry was “a watershed in the history of medicine and health care in New Zealand.”

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New technologies – taking on the challenge – Part One

About a decade ago, Law Foundation Executive Director Lynda Hagen decided it was time the Foundation stepped up a gear.  “We wanted to take on a project that could make a lasting difference

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Study backs more response options for sex offending

Alternative ways of dealing with sexual offending should be tried, given stubbornly unchanged prosecution rates and high levels of victim dissatisfaction with the system, a Law Foundation-backed study has concluded.

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Lost Cases Project reveals our rich colonial legal heritage

Back in New Zealand’s early colonial days, court proceedings were not formally recorded

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Government plans child witness rule changes following Law Foundation-backed studies

Law Foundation-funded studies have helped prompt the Government to propose major changes making it easier for children to testify in court.

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Practising lawyers benefit from Foundation support

Legal education funded by the Law Foundation has benefited literally thousands of lawyers throughout New Zealand, says the man who ran the Law Society’s continuing legal education programme.

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Foundation-backed study helps patients

Law Foundation-funded research on improving regulation of doctors to better inform and protect the public is making an impact in New Zealand and overseas.

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Law schools value Distinguished Visiting Fellowship

New Zealand’s law schools have gained huge benefit from a Law Foundation programme enabling them to host a distinguished international scholar for up to two months each year.

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Community projects help minority groups

The Law Foundation has a strong track record of supporting projects that help specific social groups better understand the law and their rights and obligations.

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New Technologies – taking on the challenge – Part Two

From the first moments of conception, new technologies are changing the way we live – and raising complex, controversial legal and ethical questions.

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Making the Treaty work

The Treaty of Waitangi is our nation’s founding document – but what does it mean to our lives today?

Ongoing debate over interpreting the Treaty has made its legal status unclear and inconsistent.

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Parliament rule changes follow study on Urgency

A Law Foundation-backed study has led to changes in the way Urgency is used in Parliament.

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Fellowship gives recipients a mid-career boost


Winners of the Law Foundation’s International Research Fellowship credit the award for lifting their legal careers in a surprising variety of ways.

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New Toolkit aids better regulation in New Zealand

An important new weapon in the ongoing battle to achieve effective regulation in New Zealand is now freely available online, thanks to Law Foundation support.

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Child relocation – looking after children’s best interests

Children often suffer in the parental tug-of-war that can result following separation. It’s a growing problem world-wide –

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NZLII opens doors to law for all

Thousands of New Zealanders – lawyers and non-lawyers alike – are benefiting from access to decisions by courts and other legal bodies, thanks to a remarkable Foundation-supported initiative.

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