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:

Five reports released July 2020 by the Children’s Issues Centre, (Faculty of Law, University of Otago) from the study “Parenting Arrangements after Separation; Evaluating the 2014 Family Law Reforms” – the result of a 6-year study involving 364 family justice professionals and 655 parents/caregivers, undertaken by Nicola Taylor, Megan Gollop, Nicola Liebergreen and Claire Cameron:

Family Justice Professionals’ Perspectives  – PDF, 443 pages – Full Report

SUMMARY REPORT (of above FJPs) – PDF 12 pages

PART 1 – Parents’ and Caregivers’ Perspectives – PDF, 513 pages – Full Report

PART 2 – Parents’ and Caregivers’ Perspectives – PDF, 241 pages – Full Report

SUMMARY REPORT – PARTS 1 & 2 – PDF, 20 pages

Findings contributed significantly to the recent review of the family law system undertaken by the Minister of Justice.

Government Use of Artificial Intelligence in New Zealand by Colin Gavaghan, James Maclaurin, Ali Knott, John Zerilli, Joy Liddicoat – released May 2019 by University of Otago. This is the first major report from the Artificial Intelligence and Law project and it is focused on regulatory issues surrounding the use of predictive AI models in NZ government departments.

The Resource Management System the Next Generation – Synthesis Report by Greg Severinsen and Raewyn Peart – released in April 2019 by Environmental Defence Society. This is the final report for EDS’s Phase One work focussed on finding options for reforming the resource management system in New Zealand. Their Phase 2 final report is due out in December 2019.

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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:

Perspectives on Commercial Surrogacy in New Zealand – Ethics, Law, Policy and Rights”, edited by Annick Masselot and Rhonda Powell, published by The Centre of Commercial and Corporate Law Inc,, University of Canterbury, September 2019

Indigenous Water Rights in Law and Regulation – Lessons from Comparative Experience, by Elizabeth Jane MacPherson, published by Cambridge University Press, August 2019

Social Security & Welfare Law in Aotearoa, New Zealand, by Mamari Stephens, published by Thomson Reuters,  June 2019

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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.

2018 NZ Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Address by Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie Doogue “Generations of Disadvantage: a view from the District Court Bench”  Video – 55mins,  Printed version – pdf 24 pages

NZ Law Foundation 2018 Distinguished Visiting Fellow public lecture, by Professor Tim McCormack, Law Dean University of Tasmania, “Chemical Weapons and Other Atrocities: Contrasting Responses to the Syrian Crisis” – Video: 1 hour, 9 mins

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