As a core area of both public and employment law, Chen Palmer is involved in the cutting edge of human rights law in New Zealand and internationally. Human rights law is an often overlooked legal area that we have expertise in; particularly in the public law sphere and how international human rights obligations impact on New Zealand’s domestic obligations. Understanding these obligations and how to apply them produces great results for our clients.
We provide both employers and employees advice and representation regarding their rights and obligations under human rights law, and we provide representation at the Human Rights Review Tribunal and the High Court.
Our human rights team is led by Nicholai Anderson. Nicholai has a strong background in human rights, being the former Secretary and Legal and Research Counsel to the Human Rights Review Tribunal, which deals specifically with deliberations on human rights and proceedings under the Human Rights Act. In addition Nicholai was:
- A former member of the Ministry of Justice's human rights team, which included work on the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and implementation of the Human Rights Commission's Report on the Transgender Inquiry; and
- A member of the delegation to New Zealand's inaugaral Universal Periodic Review before the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Nicholai has also conducted the vetting of legislation for compliance with the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act for the Attorney-General and has provided advice to the Minister of Justice on individual communications to the United Nations Human Rights Committee under the International Covenent on Civil and Political Rights.