Paul Rishworth QC

My expertise is in public law, including judicial review, human rights and anti-discrimination law, education law, South Pacific constitutional law, Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 and Human Rights Act 1993, legislative drafting and statutory interpretation.

My first ten years post-admission was in legal practice, mostly in a large law firm’s litigation department but for four years I was in a two-person partnership. After joining the Law School full time, I was a door tenant at barristers’ chambers for 22 years and during that time I was often engaged to write opinions and submissions, with the occasional court appearance.

From 2003 I was assistant legal advisor to the Governor of Pitcairn Islands, then legal advisor and, from 2010 to 2015, Attorney-General of Pitcairn Islands. That position involved advice on all aspects of law affecting the Islands, as well as legislative drafting.

I was convenor of the NZLS Law Reform Committee from 2005 to 2015. In 2015 I joined Crown Law as a Senior Crown Counsel (in the Constitutional and Human Rights Team) and began practice on my own account in Auckland in 2019.

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Barrister sole, 1992 – present
Queen’s Counsel, 2014
Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of Auckland, 1987 – present (Dean, 2005 to 2010)
Private legal practice in Auckland, 1977 to 1986
Attorney-General for Pitcairn Islands, 2010-2015
MBE for services to Pitcairn, 2015