Sue Barker Charities Law is delighted to announce that its director, Sue Barker, has been awarded the prestigious 2019
New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellowship Te Karahipi Rangahau ā Taiao, New Zealand’s premier legal research award: https://www.lawfoundation.org.nz/?p=10762=IwAR3aQx3bOdRd9cSIp7Dn88dtRePLsiaHCSG3DDrAzMyp8JKsqCkcOe1IO2g
The Fellowship will allow Ms Barker to undertake research into the question: what does a world-leading framework of
charities law look like?, and then to feed this information into the government’s current process of reviewing the
Charities Act 2005, to assist with the development of law reform in this important area.
“The Fellowship is a tremendous honour, and it particularly means a lot to me because it says that the charitable sector
matters, and that it is worth taking the time to try to get the legal framework right”, said Sue.
The Fellowship will enable Sue to take a sabbatical from legal practice for a year, to research the charities law
frameworks of jurisdictions comparable to New Zealand, as well as to critically examine how the current regime is
working in New Zealand.
“I will be reviewing all of the 363 submissions that have so far been made to the team at the Department of Internal
Affairs tasked with reviewing the Charities Act, but I would encourage anyone who has not yet made a submission or who
has additional points they would like to make to please get in touch. The review is a once-in-a-generation opportunity
to try to get the best framework of charities law for New Zealand that we can”, said Sue.
Sue can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Her report is due by March 2021.