About The Hon Justice Matthew Palmer
I was appointed to the bench in October 2015.
This website covers my academic publishing: several books and many articles and chapters on public law and law and economics.
Before being appointed as a judge I was a Queen's Counsel at Thorndon Chambers. Before that, I had held positions as
- Deputy Solicitor-General (Public Law)
- Dean of Law and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Public Law at Victoria University of Wellington
- Deputy Secretary for Justice (Public Law)
- Manager and economic and financial analyst at the New Zealand Treasury.
I was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1987 and to the Inner Bar in 2014.
I have degrees in economics, political science and law from the University of Canterbury and Victoria University of Wellington, and a Masters and Doctorate in Law from Yale Law School.
I have taught at Victoria University of Wellington, as Olin Fellow at University of Chicago Law School, as Fulbright Senior Scholar at Yale Law School, at the Faculty of Law at Hong Kong University and as the Kwa Geok Choo Distinguished Visitor at the National University of Singapore.
Public Law and policy, Constitutional Design, Indigenous Peoples Rights, Comparative Constitutional Law, and Law, Economics and Political Organization
Honors and Awards
- Fellow, Law and Economics Association of New Zealand
- Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Law and Honorary Research Associate, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington
- Awarded the Legal Research Foundation J F Northey Memorial Book Award for the best book published by a New Zealand-based author in 2008: The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand's Law and Constitution.
- Fulbright New Zealand Senior Scholar, Yale Law School, Fall 2007
- Awarded the Legal Research Foundation Sir Ian Barker Published Article Award for the best article, essay or discrete book chapter published by a New Zealand-based author in 2005 or 2006 (Copy of article in Public Law Review posted on this site).
- Herbert Smith Visitor, Faculty of Law, & Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, Lent and Easter Terms, 2007
- Laskin Professor of Public Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, January 2007
- New Zealand Law Foundation's 2005 International Research Fellow (2006-2008)
- 2005 Horace E. Read Memorial Lecture, Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, January 2016
- Law in the Public Sector, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington, 2014 - 2015
- Law and Policy, Faculty of Law Hong Kong University, January 2011
- Law in the Public Sector, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington 2009-2011, 2014
- Comparative Indigenous Peoples' Rights: Of Constitutions, Culture and Claims, Yale Law School, Fall 2007
- LAWS 213 Public Law, Victoria University of Wellington, 2004-2006
- LAWS 505 Advanced Public Law, Victoria University of Wellington, 2001-2003
- Comparative Indigenous Peoples Rights Seminar, University of Chicago Law School, Fall 1998
- The Treaty of Waitangi Honours Seminar, Victoria University of Wellington, 1997
- Law and Economics Honours Seminar, Victoria University of Wellington, 1988, 1989
The Place of the Judiciary in the Constitutional Culture of ...
Symposium on Australasian Constitutionalism, Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies (2013)
New Zealand constitutional culture is dominated by the political branches of government: representative democracy and parliamentary sovereignty are perhaps the ...
Toward an Economics of Comparative Political Organization: Examining Ministerial Responsibility
Journal of Law, Economics and Organization (1995)
This article takes a step toward developing a general theoretical framework for analyzing comparative constitutional design. The Westminster system of ...
Constitutional Design and Law: The Political Economy of Cabinet and ...
Doctoral Dissertation, Yale Law School (1993)
The dissertation takes a political economy approach to constitutional design and legislation in the Westminster (Cabinet) and US (Congressional) models ...
Indigenous Rights (11)
The Status and Effect in New Zealand Law of the ...
Symposium on UNDRIP: Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Aotearoa - Theory and Practice (2014)
This paper outlines the ways in which the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is reflected in, and affects, ...