Blackstone Chambers

Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand

Dr Tony Ellis

Human Rights Barrister

May 10, 2019

LawTalk 10 May 2019 Lynda Hagen

Better justice for people with disabilities.

August 3, 2018

LawTalk 3 August 2018 Jock Anderson

Home-cooked steak and kidney pie fuels undaunted human rights champion.

April 4, 2018

LawTalk 4 April 2018 People in the Law

Tony Ellis to be Harvard Visiting Fellow. Wellington barrister Tony Ellis will join the Harvard Law School Hunan Rights Program community as a Visiting Fellow for the Spring Semester, January to May 2019. Dr Ellis will be researching the arbitrary detention of the intellectually disabled from an international and comparative perspective.

May 13, 2017

TONY ELLIS; The lawyer’s lawyer

If I wanted to be loved, I wouldn’t be doing this. National Portrait in Dominion Post, The Press, The Southland Times, Taranaki Daily News and the Waikato Times.

January 12, 2017

Intellectually disabled man detained for a decade for smashing windows

An intellectually disabled man who has been detained for more than 10 years for trespassing and smashing windows is fighting for his release. Tony Ellis, argued for a writ of habeas corpus in the High Court in Wellington today…

September 22, 2016

Suspected killer facing extradition to China set to be released on bail

Justice Jill Mallon granted Kyung Yup Kim’s bail application, noting while the severity of the consequences he could face in China if he is found guilty of a crime was strong enough to make him a flight risk – New Zealand could not continue to detain him without charge.

September 1, 2016

Men in care so disabled they can not speak for themselves

The case for three intellectually disabled men claiming compensation is coming to a close in the High Court in Wellington.

July 25, 2016

Three disabled men sue Government for more than $100000 each

The three patients allege ill treatment while in secure units, including sexual abuse and prolonged seclusion.

July 22, 2016

Smith found guilty of fleeing passport charges

Convicted murderer and sex offender Phillip John Smith has apologised for his escape. Smith was today found guilty of two charges, after fleeing the country and heading to South America in November 2014 while on temporary release from Springhill Prison in Waikato.

July 5, 2016

Government ordered to reconsider extradition of NZ resident to China

Justice Minister Amy Adams says the Government has “gone to extreme lengths” to protect the rights of a man it wants to extradite to China.


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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