Blackstone Chambers

Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand

Doctor of Juridical Science [dyn]Fellow Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators [dyn]Barrister High Court of New Zealand [dyn]Barrister and Solicitor Australia [dyn]Defence Counsel Pitcairn Island [dyn]
Only NZ lawyer ever to have won any cases before the UN Human Rights Committee

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DR TONY ELLIS

Tony is a leading New Zealand Human Rights lawyers. Tony is based in Wellington but can also see clients in Central Auckland.

Tony’s approach to the law is international and comparative he holds four law degrees from Australia, England and New Zealand.

Tony takes private work and civil and criminal legal aid in the High Court, or above and serious District Court cases. He will consider cases in specialist tribunals, but would rarely take a Family Law Case.

Tony’s interests include human rights generally, Criminal trials and appeals, Judicial reviews, Habeas Corpus, Extradition, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Disability, Mental Health and Preventive Detention cases as well as cases involving recusal (disqualification) of Judges.

He has predominately a public law and criminal practice. Tony takes criminal cases and judicial reviews, and compensation covering prisoners rights including deaths or other abuses in custody, and other breaches of human rights.

He is the first New Zealand lawyer ever to have won any cases before the United Nations Human Rights Committee. He has lodged the first case from New Zealand before the UN Committee Against Torture, he has also won a case before United Nations Working Party against Arbitrary Detention. He regularly attends United Nations Human Rights meetings about New Zealand issues in Geneva and New York.

Tony was President or Chairperson of the New Zealand Council of Civil Liberties for over 8 years until the end of 2008. He has been a frequent media spokesman on civil liberties and human rights issues and has made numerous of submissions to Select Committees on aspects of proposed legislation.

In the course of submissions, Mr Ellis, in his careful way, has mounted a thorough and sustained attack on the extradition process. MAILLEY v GM 2008-404-008316 [2008] NZHC 2063 Hansen J.

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PRACTICE AREAS

Tony will accept cases in the following areas in the High Court or above: