UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Ms Natalie Baird

School of Law

Fields of Research

  • The Universal Periodic Review
  • Human rights in the Pacific Islands
  • Refugee Law in New Zealand
  • Human rights impacts of the Canterbury earthquakes

Researcher Summary

Natalie’s current research interests lie in the areas of international human rights, Pacific legal studies and refugee law. In the human rights area, Natalie is currently working on a project looking at the human rights impacts of the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes. In 2014, along with a group of enthusiastic students, she coordinated a submission for New Zealand's second "Universal Periodic Review" at the UN Human Rights Council on the human rights impacts of the Canterbury earthquakes. In the Pacific area, Natalie is looking at the impact of the UN's Universal Periodic Review mechanism in the Pacific, and the role of international NGOs in particular. In refugee law, Natalie is interested in resettlement of refugees in New Zealand, particularly in the area of family reunification.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

  • Baird N. (2017) Lawson v Housing New Zealand. In McDonald E; Powell R; Stephens M; Hunter R (Ed.), Feminist Judgments of Aotearoa New Zealand: Te Rino - A Two-Stranded Rope: 111-123. Oxford: Hart Publishing. (Chapters)
  • Cheer U., Taylor L., Masselot A., Baird N. and Powell RL. (2017) Flexible and Part-time Work Arrangements in the Canterbury Legal Profession.Commissioned by Canterbury Women's Legal Association. (Reports)
  • Taylor L., Brogt E., Cheer U., Baird N., Caldwell J. and Wilson D. (2017) Ethnicity and engagement in first year New Zealand Law programmes. Higher Education Research and Development 36(5): 1047-1060. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2016.1263935. (Journal Articles)
  • Taylor L., Brogt E., Cheer U., Baird N., Caldwell J. and Wilson D. (2017) Student Engagement in Second Year Programmes in New Zealand Law Schools. Legal Education Review 27(1) 2: 31. (Journal Articles)
  • Baird N. (2016) Feminist Judgment: Lawson v Housing New Zealand. Christchurch: Feminist Judgments Project: Workshop 2, 1-2 Sep 2016 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Baird N. (2016) Researching public international law. In Russell MR (Ed.), Legal Research in New Zealand: 187-207. Wellington: LexisNexis. (Chapters)
  • Baird N. and Caldwell J. (2016) Getting a law job: the views of 15 city employers. New Zealand Law Journal 2016: 170-173. (Journal Articles)
  • Baird N. and Caldwell J. (2016) How 'work-ready' are today's law graduates? The views of 15 city employers. New Zealand Law Journal 2016: 390-393. (Journal Articles)
  • Taylor L. and Baird N. (2016) The Making of Lawyers: Expectations and Experiences of New Zealand Law Students. Christchurch, New Zealand: Ako Aotearoa Southern Hub Projects Colloquium IV, 14-14 Nov 2016 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Baird N. (2015) The Role of International Non-Governmental Organisations in the Universal Periodic Review of Pacific Island States: Can 'Doing Good' be Done Better? Melbourne Journal of International Law 16(2): 549-585. (Journal Articles)
  • Baird N. (2015) Commentary to the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. In Bell SA (Ed.), Brookers Human Rights Law Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Baird NJ. (Ed.) (2015) New Zealand Yearbook of International Law Vol 12. Christchurch: International Law Group, School of Law, University of Canterbury. 373. (Edited Volumes)
  • Taylor L., Cheer U., Baird N., Caldwell J. and Wilson D. (2015) Law Teaching on Trial: The Expectations and Experiences of First Year Canterbury Law Students. Canterbury Law Review 21(1): 82-111. (Journal Articles)
  • Taylor L., Cheer U., Baird N., Caldwell J. and Wilson D. (2015) The Making of Lawyers: Expectations and Experiences of First Year New Zealand Law Students.Commissioned by AKO Aotearoa, National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. 65pp. (Reports)
  • Taylor L., Cheer U., Baird N., Caldwell J. and Wilson D. (2015) The Making of Lawyers: Expectations and Experiences of First-Year New Zealand Law Students. Waikato Law Review 23(1): 112-150. (Journal Articles)
  • Baird N. (2014) After the Quakes: Reflections on New Zealand's Human Rights Framework. Auckland, New Zealand: Human Rights in the Pacific: Priorities, Practice and Sustainability, 8-10 Dec 2014 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Baird N. (2014) Use of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Universal Periodic Review Process. Hamilton, New Zealand: UNDRIP: Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Aotearoa - Theory and Practice, 24-25 Jul 2014 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Baird N. (2014) Using Wikipedia as a Tool for Teaching and Learning about Human Rights. Melbourne, Australia: Fourth Human Rights Tertiary Teachers Workshop, 21-21 Feb 2014 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Baird N. (2014) Commentary to the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. In Bell S (Ed.), Brookers Human Rights Law Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Baird N. (2014) The Universal Periodic Review: Building a Bridge between the Pacific and Geneva? In Charlesworth H; Larking E (Ed.), Human Rights and the Universal Periodic Review: Rituals and Ritualism: 187-212. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Chapters)
  • Baird N. (Ed.) (2014) New Zealand Yearbook of International Law Vol 11. Christchurch: International Law Group, School of Law, University of Canterbury. 347pp. (Edited Volumes)
  • Taylor L. and Baird N. (2014) Informing the Development of a Student Profile for LLB Degrees taught at New Zealand Universities: Phase One. Christchurch, New Zealand: Ako Aotearoa Southern Hub Projects in Progress Colloquium II, 21-21 Nov 2014 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Baird N. (2013) Back Country Helicopters Ltd v Minister of Conservation [2013] NZHC 982. New Zealand Law Journal Jul: 223-224. [Student Companion: Administrative Law]. (Other)
  • Baird N. (2013) Judges as Cultural Outsiders: Exploring the Expatriate Model of Judging in the Pacific. Canterbury Law Review 19: 80-96. (Journal Articles)
  • Baird N. (2013) Taylor v Manager of Auckland Prison [2012] NZHC 3591. New Zealand Law Journal Apr: 86. [Student Companion: Administrative Law]. (Other)
  • Baird N. (2013) The Role of International NGOs in the Universal Periodic Review of Pacific States: Distorting the Dialogue? Port Vila, Vanuatu: Law and Culture 2013: Compatibility or Conflict, 9-11 Sep 2013 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Baird N. (2013) Commentary to the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. In Bell S (Ed.), Brookers Human Rights Law Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Baird N. (Ed.) (2013) New Zealand Yearbook of International Law vol 10. Christchurch: International Law Group, School of Law, University of Canterbury. 327pp. (Edited Volumes)
  • Baird N. and Pickard D. (2013) Economic, social and cultural rights: a proposal for a constitutional peg in the ground. New Zealand Law Journal Sep: 289-292. (Journal Articles)
  • Mahony C., Marlowe J., Baird N. and Humpage L. (2013) Considering the Compliance of New Zealand's Refugee Resettlement Policy with International Law Obligations. Auckland, New Zealand: Comparative Analysis of International Refugee Resettlement International Law Obligations and Policy, 14-14 Dec 2013 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Submission Group UCUPR. (2013) Joint Stakeholder Submission: The Human Rights Impacts of the Canterbury Earthquakes (for the Universal Periodic Review of New Zealand). : 16pp. (Other)
  • Baird N. (2012) Judges as Cultural Outsiders: Exploring the Expatriate Model of Judging in the Pacific. Christchurch, New Zealand: Democracy in the Pacific, 18-19 Oct 2012 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Baird N. (2012) Parker v Silver Fern Farms Ltd; and Rees v Firt. New Zealand Law Journal 2012(3): 97. [Student Companion: Administrative Law]. (Other)
  • Baird N. (2012) Samoa Party v Attorney-General: Finding the Balance between Deference and Independence. Auckland, New Zealand: Law and Culture: Pacific Law and Aotearoa New Zealand, 29-31 Aug 2012 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Baird N. (2012) The Universal Periodic Review: Building a Bridge between the Pacific and Geneva? Canberra, Australia: Rights, Rituals and Ritualism: The Universal Periodic Review, 13-15 Dec 2012 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Baird N. (2012) Commentary to the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. In Bell S (Ed.), Brookers Human Rights Law Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Baird N. and Masselot A. (Ed.) (2012) Canterbury Law Review 18. Special Issue: Regional Integration and Identity in Europe and the Pacific. Christchurch: University of Canterbury. 118pp. (Edited Volumes)
  • Baird N. (2011) A Regional Human Rights Arrangement for the Pacific: The Long Road or the Back Roads? Christchurch, New Zealand: Regional Integration and Identity in the Pacific, 19-19 Dec 2011 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Baird N. (2011) Human Rights in the Pacific - Update. Wellington, New Zealand: Beeby Colloquium on International Law, 14-14 Nov 2011 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Baird N. (2011) Student Companion: Administrative Law. New Zealand Law Journal 2011(3): 97. (Other)
  • Baird N. (2011) Student Companion: Administrative Law. New Zealand Law Journal 2011(6): 206-207. (Other)
  • Baird N. (2011) To Ratify or Not to Ratify? An Assessment of the Case for Ratification of International Human Rights Treaties in the Pacific. Melbourne Journal of International Law 12(2): 249-289. (Journal Articles)
  • Baird N. (2011) Commentary to the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. In Bell S (Ed.), Brookers Human Rights Law Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Baird N. (2010) B.D. Lepard, Customary International Law: A New Theory with Practical Applications. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. New Zealand Yearbook of International Law 8: 365-367. [Book Review]. (Other)
  • Baird N. (2010) K. Gover, Tribal Constitutionalism: States, Tribes, and the Governance of Membership. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. Canterbury Law Review 16(2): 370-372. [Book Review]. (Other)
  • Baird N. (2010) More than One Way to Weave a Basket: Using Customary International Law to Advance the Human Rights of Women in Tonga. Auckland, New Zealand: Australasian Law Teachers Association (ALTA) Conference 2010, 4-7 Jul 2010 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Baird N. (2010) Protection of minorities under the Canadian Charter and New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. Wellington, New Zealand: Canada and New Zealand: Connections, Comparisons and Challenges : An international conference celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and New Zealand, 9-10 Feb 2010 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Baird N. (2010) Student Companion: Administrative Law. New Zealand Law Journal 2010(3): 102-103. (Other)
  • Baird N. (2010) Student Companion: Administrative Law. New Zealand Law Journal 2010(6): 221-222. (Other)
  • Baird N. (2010) The Year in Review: International Human Rights. New Zealand Yearbook of International Law 8: 197-202. (Other)
  • Baird N. (2010) Commentary to the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. In Bell S (Ed.), Brookers Human Rights Law Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Baird N. (2009) The Universal Periodic Review as a Legacy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Potential Pacific Impact. Wellington, New Zealand: Celebrating 60 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 9-10 Dec 2008. In Celebrating Human Rights: Sixty Years of the Universal Declaration: Proceedings of the Wellington Conference: 53-70. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Baird N. (2009) Will the Universal Periodic Review Make a Difference in the Pacific? Reflections on the Tongan Experience. Journal of South Pacific Law 13(in press) (Journal Articles)
  • Baird N. (2009) Commentary to the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. In Bell S (Ed.), Brookers Human Rights Law Wellington: Thomson Reuters. (Chapters)
  • Glazebrook S., Baird N. and Holden S. (2009) New Zealand: Country Report on Human Rights. Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 40(1): 57-102. (Journal Articles)
  • Toki V. and Baird N. (2009) An Indigenous Pacific Human Rights Mechanism: Some Building Blocks. Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 40(1): 215-236. (Journal Articles)
  • Baird N. (2008) Constitutional and Administrative Law in New Zealand. New Zealand Universities Law Review 23(1): 155-159. [Book Review]. (Other)
  • Baird N. (2008) Student Companion: Administrative Law. New Zealand Law Journal 2008(5): 160. (Other)
  • Baird N. (2008) Student Companion: Administrative Law. New Zealand Law Journal 2008(9): 334. (Other)
  • Baird N. (2008) Will the Universal Periodic Review Make a Difference in the Pacific? Wellington, New Zealand: Celebrating 60 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 9-10 Dec 2008 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Glazebrook S., Baird N. and Holden S. (2008) New Zealand Country Report on Human Rights. Apia, Samoa: Strategies for the Future: Protecting Rights in the Pacific, 27-29 Apr 2008 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Purton J. and Baird N. (2008) R. Malone, Rebalancing the Constitution: The Challenge of Government Law-Making under MMP. Wellington: Institute of Policy Studies, 2008. LawTalk 719: 28. [Book Review]. (Other)
  • Baird N. (2007) Human Rights Norms in the Pacific - the Universal in the Regional Context. Christchurch, New Zealand: Models of Regional Governance for Pacific Island States: The Future Architecture of Pacific Regionalism, 25-27 May 2007 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Baird N. (2007) R.M. Letschert, The Impact of Minority Rights Mechanisms. The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press, 2005. Commonwealth Law Bulletin 33(4): 825-827. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03050710701815109. [Book Review]. (Other)
  • Baird N. (2007) Student Companion: Administrative Law. New Zealand Law Journal 2007(6): 219. (Other)
  • Baird N. (2007) Student Companion: Administrative Law. New Zealand Law Journal 2007(9): 348. (Other)
  • Baird N. (2007) To Ratify or Not to Ratify? An assessment of the case for ratification of international human rights treaties in the Pacific. Port Vila, Vanuatu: 10th Pacific Islands Political Studies Association (PIPSA) Conference, 7-8 Dec 2007 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Durie ET., Aikman H., Baird N. and Morris E. (2006) Converging Currents: Custom and Human Rights in the Pacific.Commissioned by Law Commission Te Aka Matua o Te Ture. 307pp. http://hdl.handle.net/10092/3372. (Reports)
  • Gover K. and Baird N. (2002) Identifying the Māori Treaty Partner. University of Toronto Law Journal 52(1): 39-68. http://www.jstor.org/stable/825927. (Journal Articles)