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Human Rights and Social Policy in New Zealand
Social Policy Journal of New Zealand (2007)
  • Claudia Geiringer, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Matthew S. R. Palmer, New Zealand Law Foundation
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.
  • Socio-Economic Rights,
  • Social Policy,
  • Human Rights,
  • New Zealand
Publication Date
March, 2007
Citation Information
Claudia Geiringer and Matthew S. R. Palmer. "Human Rights and Social Policy in New Zealand" (2007) Social Policy Journal of New Zealand 12. Available at: