Human Rights and Parliamentary Sovereignty in New Zealand

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Petra Butler

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law; University of Navarra - School of Law ; Institute of Small and Micro States

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

This paper examines whether there was any basis for Parliament to enact section 3(2) of the Supreme Court Act 2003 in regard to human rights decisions of the Court of Appeal. The paper asks whether the Court of Appeal has indeed been “activist” in its human rights decisions. The discussion focuses on the areas where judicial activism might be suspected, firstly the filling of legislative gaps, and secondly statutory interpretation, with a special focus on implied repeal. Relevant decisions of the House of Lords under the Human Rights Act 1998 (UK) are used as a contrast to the decisions of the New Zealand Court of Appeal. The paper comes to the conclusion that the New Zealand Court of Appeal has not been activist in the area of human rights.

Keywords: human rights, parliament, supreme court act 2003, court of appeal, activism, judicial activism, legislative gaps, statutory interpretation, repeal, comparative law, house of lords

JEL Classification: K1, K10, K19, K2, K22, K23, K29, K3, K33, K39, K4, K41, K42, K49

Suggested Citation

Butler, Petra, Human Rights and Parliamentary Sovereignty in New Zealand (2004). 35 VUWLR, 341, 2004 , Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper No. 80/2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2738242

Petra Butler (Contact Author)

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