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The Law and Economics Association of New Zealand (LEANZ) invite you to a lunchtime webinar panel discussion with Roger Partridge, Edward Willis and Dean Knight on New Zealand’s Covid emergency response measures and the rule of law.

Panel discussion on Covid emergency response measures and the rule of law



  • Roger Partridge, the New Zealand Initiative
  • Edward Willis, University of Auckland Law School
  • Dean Knight, New Zealand Centre for Public Law, and Victoria University of Wellington

Date: Friday 21 August 2020

Time: 12:30-1:30 pm NZT

Hosting:This will be an online webinar only. Webinar details will be provided closer to the event to all those who register

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About the Topic:

The New Zealand government adopted emergency measures i order to manage the spread of Covid-19 and its effects. These measures required compromises on usual legal and political safeguards taken as necessary in more usual times, including the suspension of Parliament and the delegation of its oversight responsibilities to the cross-party Epidemic Response Committee chaired by the Leader of the Opposition. In this webinar, three noted contributors speak to whether New Zealand struck the right balance between upholding the rule of law on the one hand, and responding appropriately to an exceptional crisis on the other. This has important implications not just for now, but also for the possible use of emergency measures in future crises (real or imagined). Each speaker will present for around 15 minutes, following which there will be around 15 minuted of moderated Q&A.


About the Speakers:

Roger Partridge is chairman and senior fellow of The New Zealand initiative and is a regular media columnist on a wide range of public policy issues. He is a former chair of law firm Bell Gully. Roger is an Honourable Fellow of the Legal Research Foundation and is a past member of the Council of the New Zealand Law Society. Among his recent publications is a research note entitled “The rule of law of the law of rulers”, examining the rule of law implications of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Dr Edward Willis is a legal academic and consultant specialising in public law issues, based at the University of Auckland. His research has a particular focus on questions of constitutional structure, the limits of government power and the nature of the regulatory state. He has been a regular commentator on the New Zealand government’s legal response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr Dean Knight is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and NZ Centre for Public Law at Te Herenga Waka–Victoria University of Wellington. His teaching and research interests lie in public law generally. He has written and commented widely on legal aspects of the government response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Webinar Format:

Each speaker will present in turn for 15 minutes, and attendees will be able to pose questions via the moderated text box for the speakers to discuss for a further 15 minutes following their presentations. The presentations will be recorded.



Lawyers may note that if this webinar topic is part of your learning objectives in your CPDPR, then attendance at this event can count for one hour of your 10 CPD hours. Details of how to confirm your attendance will be announced during the webinar.


Queries about the event can be directed to:

Richard Meade, [email protected]