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December 2013

Sir Geoffrey Palmer's Book Reform - a memoir' is launched

Sir Geoffrey Palmer’s book Reform a memoir’ was launched on 21st November at the Grand Hall of Parliament.

This autobiography recounts events and forces that shaped the life of Sir Geoffrey Palmer, from his childhood in Nelson through to his career as a politician, a law professor and a law practitioner*.

As the title of the book suggests, reform has been a recurring theme and point of interest for Sir Geoffrey. This is particularly evident in the final chapters in his book about his more recent involvement with the International Whaling Commission, the Gaza Flotilla Inquiry and with local government reform in New Zealand.

Reform a memoir’ covers a wide range of important topics relating to New Zealand’s legal and political history and makes very interesting reading.

The New Zealand Law Foundation funded $15,680 towards research costs for Sir Geoffrey’s memoir.

*Sir Geoffrey was Attorney-General, Minister of Justice, Law Commission President, law professor, prolific legal author, co-founder of a law firm, and latterly a Queen’s Counsel practising from Wellington’s Harbour Chambers. He was also Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of NZ, Leader of the House, Minister for the Environment, MP, International Whaling Commissioner and ad hoc Judge on the International Court of Justice.