Publications, Research Reports and Addresses

Our online library contains legal research publications and public addresses relating to projects and events we have funded, and law scholarships we have awarded.

These resources provide insight into recent and past legal research projects the Law Foundation has funded. They cover the latest legal research findings, and addresses given by leading legal professionals and academics.


Research Reports

Reports on legal research findings are available for a number of projects we have funded including:

Royal Commission into Abuse in State Care – Compilation of Reports prepared by: Dr Elizabeth Stanley, Rosslyn Noonan, Sonja Cooper and Dr Anaru Erueti released April 2018, in response to the government’s announcement to hold an independent inquiry into the abuse and neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults in state care.

Rangatahi Maori and Youth Justice – Oranga Rangatahi released March 2018, seeks to understand the involvement of rangatahi Māori (14- to 16-year-olds) in the youth justice system in this country.

Reform of the Resource Management System – The Next Generation – Working Paper 1 released December 2017; Working Paper 2 released May 2018. Environmental Defence Society’s first two reports for their project aimed at finding options for reforming the resource management system in New Zealand.

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Research Publications

Publications resulting from projects we fund, range from dedicated online resources such as the New Zealand Law Style Guide to books and podcasts such as:

Realising the Potential of Driverless Vehicles – recommendations for law reform, by Michael Cameron, NZ Law Foundation’s 2016 International Research Fellow, released April 2018

Towards Democratic Renewal – Ideas for Constitutional Change in New Zealand, by Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler, released April 2018

For the Good of the Game – Finnigan v NZRFU 1985, by Sam Bookman. Five podcast episodes: A Nation Divided (17 mins); A Case without a Plaintiff (23 mins); A Leg to Stand on (14 mins); The Main Act (19 mins); The Wait is Over (29 mins). Released March 2018.

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Speeches, Addresses and Conference Papers

Addresses are available for annual events such as the public lectures given by our Distinguished Visiting Fellow, the Ethel Benjamin Commemorative Address and the Law Foundation Awards Dinner. Key note addresses from conferences we support are included whenever possible.

2017 Ethel Benjamin Address by Professor Nicola Peart – video, Printed version: Otago Law Review (2017) Vol 15 No 1, 25-48

2017 NZ Law Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow Address by Professor Stephen Smith, James McGill Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 23 August 2017 – “Rights and Wrongs and injustices: The Structure of Remedial Law”.

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