Public Law Toolbox
The Public Law Toolbox will be an indispensable resource for lawyers, advocates and industry associations, business people, citizens and non-governmental organisations interfacing with government, and for Government and officials. All New Zealanders have to interface with Government, whether that be business regulation, getting government assistance or administrative decision-making. But not all citizens and businesses know how to successfully interact with government on a level playing field or challenge a government decision on a matter of administration or policy and law-making which detrimentally affects them. There is an entire "Toolbox" of public law mechanisms that sit alongside traditional commercial law remedies, which can help citizens and businesses successfully resolve government, regulatory or policy and law reform issues. Ministers, officials and regulators have unique obligations to be transparent and to act within the lawful limits of exercising public power. There is also a range of options apart from the courts to challenge government decision-making. The Public Law Toolbox will assist those wanting to influence policy and law reform issues for business or democratic reasons by describing the tools available to businesses and citizens to successfully enable them to make the most of these avenues. It will also assist those wanting to resolve disputes concerning administrative and Government decision-making, and advise businesses on how to use the toolbox to resolve disputes with competitors. The book will also assist Government and officials to understand their unique legal, transparency and accountability obligations and the risks that they face, taking political and public opinion factors into account.
Mai Chen is a founding partner of Chen Palmer New Zealand Public and Employment Law Specialists, Australasia?s first public law specialist firm, voted New Zealand?s top public law firm in the New Zealand Law awards in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. She is also Adjunct Professor in Commercial and Public Law at the University of Auckland Business School. Mai has particular expertise in constitutional and administrative law, regulatory issues, and public policy and law reform. She is a legal trouble-shooter and provides strategic public law advice for leaders in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Mai co-authored Public Law in New Zealand: Cases, Materials, Commentary and Questions published by Oxford University Press in 1993, and has written over 100 articles and contributions to books on public law. She has previously worked at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, and as a senior lecturer at the Victoria University Law Faculty, has sat on the Securities Commission and numerous private and public entity boards and has undertaken ministerial reviews of the policy on women in combat and of the Privacy Act 1993.
Part A: Introduction -- Part B: Officers of Parliament -- Part C: Complaints Bodies -- Part D: Regulators -- Part E: Litigation -- Part F: Fraud and Corruption in the Public Sector -- Part G: Constitutional Change.