Legal Responses to Hate

Start date
18 November 2022
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Project Overview

 

Work has not yet begun on this project.

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission has been asked to undertake a review of legal responses to hate. The Commission has been asked to consider how the law should respond to hate-motivated offending (which is sometimes called hate crime) and to speech that expresses hostility towards, or contempt for, people who share a common characteristic (which is sometimes called hate speech). 

The Minister responsible for the Law Commission, Hon Kiri Allan, referred this project to the Commission on 18 November 2022. This is part of a broad reference, which also asks the Commission to review the protections in the Human Rights Act for transgender people, non-binary people and people with diverse sex characteristics. Based on its current resources, the Commission has decided it will be most efficient to examine the legal issues involved in this reference in two phases. 

In phase one (which the Commission will commence on 16 January 2023) the Commission will examine the protections in the Human Rights Act for transgender people, non-binary people and people with diverse sex characteristics. This phase one project will not examine hate speech or hate crime. If you would like to know more about this project, you can visit the Sex, Gender and Discrimination project webpage

In phase two, the Commission will examine legal responses to hate (including hate speech and hate crime). The start date for phase two will depend on resources becoming available.

Because this phase two project has not begun, no project team has been assigned.

You can subscribe for updates on this phase two project, including the start date once it has been settled.