Human Rights and Social Policy in New Zealand

Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, Vol. 12, No. 30, p. 12, 2007

Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper No. 9/2011

31 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2007 Last revised: 5 Jan 2014

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Claudia Geiringer

Victoria University of Wellington School of Law

Matthew S.R. Palmer

High Court of New Zealand

Date Written: March 1, 2007

Abstract

This article aims to facilitate debate about the implications for New Zealand social policy making of taking a rights-based approach. It does so by exploring the sources and scope of New Zealand's international human rights obligations, particularly in relation to economic, social and cultural rights. It identifies a range of constraints on social policy making deriving from these obligations and suggests that explicit and systematic attention to these constraints constitutes the essence of a rights-based approach to social policy making. Finally, the article comments on the adequacy of existing processes and structures of New Zealand government for giving effect to a rights-based approach and makes some suggestions for how these might be modified.

Keywords: Socio-economic rights, human rights, law and policy, social policy, New Zealand

JEL Classification: D63, D78, H50, I18, I28, I31, I38, J28, K33

Suggested Citation

Geiringer, Claudia and Palmer, Matthew S.R., Human Rights and Social Policy in New Zealand (March 1, 2007). Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, Vol. 12, No. 30, p. 12, 2007; Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper No. 9/2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=983041

Claudia Geiringer

Victoria University of Wellington School of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

Matthew S.R. Palmer (Contact Author)

High Court of New Zealand ( email )

Auckland, CX10222
New Zealand

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