Paul Rishworth QC

Paul’s expertise is in public law and judicial review, with a focus on human rights and medico-legal issues.

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Paul’s practice comprises litigation and advice on matters of public law, with an emphasis on human rights and anti-discrimination law.

Paul has represented and advised individuals, government, Crown entities and institutions on claims at all levels of the New Zealand court system as well as before the Human Rights Review Tribunal and inquiries. He is also a Professor of Law at The University of Auckland where he teaches Human Rights Law and is director of the Human Rights Law Centre.

Paul is a member of the Legislation Design and Advisory Committee and chairs the New Zealand Law Society’s Human Rights and Privacy Committee. He served as Legal Advisor and Attorney-General for Pitcairn Island from 2007 to 2015.

Areas of practice

Public Law →

Human Rights →

Medico-legal →

Constitutional Law



Britomart Chambers


Senior Crown Counsel, Crown Law


MBE for services to Pitcairn Island


Queen’s Counsel


Professor at Auckland Law School (now part-time)


Masters of Jurisprudence, The University of Auckland


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