The principal legislation dealing with the protection of asylum seekers in New Zealand is the Immigration Act 2009. The official and most up to date version of the Act is on the New Zealand Legislation website. The relevant provisions are contained in Part Five (ss124-152) Refugee and protection status determinations.
Freely available full text decisions - unreported
New Zealand refugee and asylum cases are heard in the following courts and tribunal:
Selected refugee decisions (which are usually described as 'leading' decisions) from all NZ courts and the Tribunal are available on:
The NZ Refugee Research Directory website includes recent full text annotated bibliographies and literature reviews on refugee issues - for example Rights-based approaches to mental health services with refugees: An annotated bibliography (2010)
To undertake more comprehensive research into articles on New Zealand refugee law, use the subscription databases on INFORMIT
The Laws of New Zealand (available on Lexis Advance) is an encyclopaedic resource, and a good starting point for any research involving NZ law. It is arranged alphabetically by topic, and includes commentary, cases and legislation.
To access the refugee commentary in The Laws of New Zealand, scroll through the alphabetical topics to IMMIGRATION and then go to Part IX - Refugee Determinations.
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