I am a Law Honours graduate from the University of Auckland (BA/LLB, Hons). Since admission to the Bar in 1999, I have been practicing in refugee and immigration law (including citizenship), and human rights law(including family, civil, employment and criminal law). I am assisted by Maithili Sreen (barrister) in my practice.
From 2008-2011, I was a senior legal consultant to a Geneva human rights organization, Al Karama (Dignity) which represents victims of grave human rights violations in the Arab region. I worked closely with the United Nations human rights protections mechanisms, regional human rights protection mechanisms and international organisations.
ZAOUI CASE 2003-2007
I was co-counsel for the Algerian refugee Ahmed Zaoui, successfully representing him in the review of the first national security risk certificate issued in New Zealand from 2003- 2007. This was a landmark case which saw successful applications and appeals before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court – with Rodney Harrison QC as lead counsel.
Some reported cases in which I have appeared as part of the legal team in the higher courts are:
Attorney-General v Refugee Council of New Zealand Inc -  2 NZLR 577
Zaoui v Attorney-General (No 2) -  1 NZLR 289
Zaoui v Attorney-General -  1 NZLR 577
Attorney-General v X -  2 NZLR 579
ZHOU v CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR  NZEMPC 162 ARC 115/10
I am a member of the following institutions and organisations:
Current convener of the Auckland District Law Society Refugee and Immigration Committee. Executive Member of the Refugee Council of New Zealand.
Executive Member of the Human Rights Foundation.
Advisory Board Member of the Equal Justice Project, University of Auckland.
Member of the New Zealand Law Society.
Member of the Auckland Women’s Law Society.
Member of the New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment.
Since 2003, I have run a successful internship programme for university students both in my private practice and with my international work. The focus of the internship programme is to develop students in human rights law, and to enable them to become critical and creative thinkers as young professionals.
The internship is structured around the local university semester programme. The placement can be tailored to align with the Universityof Auckland Community Placement and / or LawGenrl 447 Community Law Project.
Please email your C.V. and/or expressions of interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org AND Maithili.email@example.com
MEET MAITHILI SREEN.