Private Lives and Public Perspectives

A Bainham (ed) The International Survey of Family Law (2001 edition, Jordan Publishing, Bristol, 2001).

12 Pages Posted: 22 May 2015

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Bill Atkin

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2001

Abstract

1999 in New Zealand family law grappled with the conflict between an individual’s right of self-determination, and the role the state plays in regulating behaviour. The case of baby Liam involved a value judgement between the state’s concerns around a dying child, and the right of a parent to refuse medical treatment. There has been litigation surrounding the state’s liability for the negligence of their officers in child abuse cases. The law around de facto and same-sex relationships continued to develop slowly. Finally, there has been recent litigation surrounding New Zealand’s adoption of the Hague Abduction Convention.

Keywords: Self-Determination, State Intervention, Compulsory Treatment, Alternative Medicine, Negligence, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, De Facto Relationship, Same-Sex Relationship, Child Abduction.

JEL Classification: K39

Suggested Citation

Atkin, Bill, Private Lives and Public Perspectives (2001). A Bainham (ed) The International Survey of Family Law (2001 edition, Jordan Publishing, Bristol, 2001).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2607732

Bill Atkin (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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