United Nations Human Rights Council
2009 Refereed Journal Article
Williamson, M.  “UN Human Rights Council - New Zealand's Periodic Report" New Zealand Law Journal 2009

In May 2009, New Zealand provided its first report to the UN Human Rights Council. The report is divided into four sections:

Methodology and consultation process; background of country; promotion and protection of human rights; and identification of achievements, best practices, challenges and constraints. There is also a short annex on Tokelau (a non-self-governing territory administered by New Zealand since 1926) which outlines the relationship between Tokelau and New Zealand as well as Tokelau's commitment to human rights.



  Robert M Hutchins

"Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible."




  • Prince Sultan University College for Women Professional Development Appreciation Awards for Attending and Presenting Professional Development Workshops in 2010-2011

  • Prince Sultan University College for Women Research Award for Being a Research Active Member of Faculty in 2010-2011

  • Peace and Disarmament Education Trust (PADET) Scholarship administered by the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs 2003-2004

  • University of Waikato – Doctoral Scholarship recipient 2002-2005

  • University of Waikato – Masters of Laws Scholarship Grant Awardee 2000

  • Selected to represent New Zealand at the Jessup Cup International Mooting Competition in 1997

  • Runner-up in the University of Otago Witness Examination Competition 1996

  • Mary Hussey Award for Law, University of Otago, 1996

  • Joint-winner of the New Zealand Universities Mooting Competition 1996

  • Joint-winner of the University of Otago Mooting Competition 1995-1996

  Gustavo Gozzi, University of Bologna, Italy commenting on my book

'There are two fundamental themes in this important book: firstly, the relevance of the history of international law and its function in understanding contemporary international relations and secondly, the consciousness of the necessity of multilateral use of force in response to a terrorist attack as a crime against humanity.'

Gustavo Gozzi, University of Bologna, Italy


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