International criminal law

Key statutes

  • International War Crimes Tribunal Act 1995
  • Crimes of Torture Act 1989
  • Extradition Act 1999
  • International Crimes and International Criminal Court Act 2000
  • Terrorism Suppression Act 2000
  • Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Act 2019
  • Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1992

Key secondary legislation

  • International War Crimes Tribunals Regulations 1995
  • Extradition (Exempted Country: Canada) Order 1999
  • Extradition (Exempted Country: Czech Republic) Order 2003
  • Extradition (Exempted Country: Tonga) Order 1999
  • Extradition (Exempted Country: United States of America) Order 1999
  • Extradition (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China) Order 1998
  • Extradition Regulations 1999
  • Extradition (Republic of Fiji) Order 1992
  • Extradition (Republic of Korea) Order 2002
  • Extradition (United Kingdom and Pitcairn Islands) Order 2003
  • Extradition (United States of America) Order 1970
  • Prescribed foreign country Australia
  • Prescribed foreign country Fiji
  • Prescribed foreign country Hong Kong
  • Prescribed foreign country Niue
  • Prescribed foreign country China
  • Prescribed foreign country Republic of Korea
  • Prescribed foreign country United Kingdom
  • Prescribed foreign country United States of America
  • Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Regulations 1993
  • Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Section 24(3)) Order 1999

Information/links to recent or currently underway reviews

  • Several proposed changes to the Terrorism Suppression Act are in a Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill that is expected to be introduced in 2021.  Some of these changes will have an extra-territorial application.
  • The Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act was reviewed by the Law Commission in 2016.
  • Extradition Act - considered as part of the Law Commission’s 2016 review of New Zealand’s extradition and mutual assistance laws.
  • Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Act - the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill will also introduce changes to this Act.