Shadow Report Award


This Award is focused on human rights issues.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: THE LAW FOUNDATION IS GOING INTO RECESS. Please refer to the announcement on our news page. Before going into recess, the Foundation will progressively wind up its scholarships and awards programmes. Given the long term nature of this award, 2019 was the last year it was offered.


Applications are no longer being accepted for this Award.  This page is retained for information purposes only to provide detail on historic awards made and the purpose of the Award.

New Zealand is a party to a number of United Nations human rights treaties which require New Zealand to periodically report on its compliance with the substantive provisions of those treaties. These periodic reports are the subject of consideration and questioning of representatives of the New Zealand government, in public, by the monitoring bodies established under those treaties.

For a number of years now, most of the monitoring bodies have permitted non-governmental organisations to provide supplementary information or present alternative information to those monitoring bodies in order to better inform them as to the true state of affairs as to human rights compliance within the relevant jurisdiction – Shadow Reports.

The Foundation believes that shadow reporting is a valuable contributor to the effectiveness of treaty monitoring and, recognising the resource constraints that may be limiting NGO participation in this process, established the Shadow Report Award in order to support a person or body in the preparation of shadow reports for, and/or attendance at, the presentation of the periodic reports before, United Nations human rights monitoring bodies acting under human rights instruments that they monitor.

Awards  of up to $10,000 were made between 2012 and 2019 as New Zealand’s reporting obligations came up for review.  Details of recipients follow.

Shadow Report Award Recipients

2017 : Human Rights Foundation of Aotearoa New Zealand

Shadow reports to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) and the UN Human Rights Council universal periodic review (UPR)

About the recipient
Human Rights Foundation of Aotearoa New Zealand joint winner of the 2017 NZ Law Foundation Shadow Report Award

2015 : National Council of Women of New Zealand – Te Kaunihera Wahine O Aotearoa

Shadow report to UN Committee for the Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

About the recipient

2013 : Acclaim Otago Inc.

Shadow report to UN Committee for the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

About the recipient
Acclaim Otago Inc.

2012 : Human Rights Foundation of Aotearoa New Zealand

Shadow Report to the UN Committee for the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

About the recipient
 Human Rights Foundation of Aotearoa New Zealand

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