Housing in Post-Quake Canterbury: Human Rights Fault Lines

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Baird N

The 2010–2011 Canterbury earthquakes and their aftermath have been described by the Human Rights Commission as one of New Zealand's greatest contemporary human rights challenges. This article documents the shortcomings in the realisation of the right to housing in post-quake Canterbury for homeowners, tenants and the homeless. The article then considers what these shortcomings tell us about New Zealand's overall human rights framework, suggesting that the ongoing and seemingly intractable nature of these issues and the apparent inability to resolve them indicate an underlying fragility implicit in New Zealand's framework for dealing with the consequences of a large-scale natural disaster. The article concludes that there is a need for a comprehensive human rights-based approach to disaster preparedness, response and recovery in New Zealand.

Baird N (2017). Housing in Post-Quake Canterbury: Human Rights Fault Lines. New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law. 15(2). 195-228.
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1801 Law
Fields of Research::48 - Law and legal studies::4807 - Public law::480703 - Domestic human rights law
Fields of Research::48 - Law and legal studies::4804 - Law in context::480405 - Law and society and socio-legal research
Fields of Research::48 - Law and legal studies::4803 - International and comparative law::480307 - International humanitarian and human rights law
Fields of Research::44 - Human society::4407 - Policy and administration::440707 - Housing policy
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