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
Date Written: 2001
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
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