New Zealand Law Society - Immigration and Refugee Law Committee

Immigration and Refugee Law Committee

The Immigration and Refugee Law Committee monitors and makes recommendations on proposed legislative reforms relevant to immigration and refugee law.

It also liaises with Immigration New Zealand regarding the implementation of immigration policy and practice.

About Us

The Immigration and Refugee Law Committee (IRLC) was established in 2010 to keep a watching brief on all legislative reform relevant to immigration and refugee law.

Our People

Mark Williams is the convenor of the IRLC. Mark has specialised in immigration law, with a focus on individual/family, business/investment and corporate migration services, over the last 18 years, and is an internationally recognised expert in New Zealand immigration law. Mark is an Adjunct Professor of Law of Victoria University (Melbourne), and was a lecturer in immigration law at the University of Canterbury.

The committee is made up of experienced immigration practitioners:

  • Kamil Lakshman
  • John McBride
  • Somang You
  • Richard Fletcher
  • Mark Manhire
  • Megan Williams
  • Mahafrin Variava

Recent Work

In the past 18 months, the IRLC has commented on proposals impacting on immigration and refugee law, including submissions on:

  • proposed amendments to the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007,
  • Immigration and Protection Tribunal draft practice notes, and
  • a 3-month review of Immigration New Zealand’s revised complaints and feedback policy and process.

The committee also liaises with INZ and the Refugee Status Branch, as well as the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, on immigration policy and practice issues. In the forthcoming 2-year term the committee will focus on strengthening these lines of communication, so that any concerns can be brought to the attention of INZ, the RSB and the IPT.

Get Involved

Appointments are made to this committee biennially. Membership of this committee allows you to play an important role in law reform and is an excellent basis for professional development as well as collegiality and networking.

Applications will be called for in mid-2021, for the next 2-year term starting September 2021.

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