Rodney Harrison QC is a leading New Zealand barrister

Leading NZ Barrister

Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1994, Rodney is a senior Silk counted among New Zealand’s most expert advocates. He is renowned as an expert in commercial disputes of all kinds, and is frequently retained to take matters on appeal.

Rodney Harrison QC


Curriculum Vitae

Recognised in the Pacific

Rodney is respected as an advocate throughout the Pacific, where he has acted in numerous leading cases. He is a member of the Bars of New Zealand; the Cook Islands; Samoa; and Tonga, where he holds the rank equivalent to Queen’s Counsel.


Office Phone

(09) 303-4157


PO Box 1153

Auckland 1140

New Zealand







Dr Rodney Harrison QC

Level 10, Southern Cross Building

59 High Street

Corner High Street and Victoria Street

Auckland CBD

Selected Papers

Attorney-General v Chapman: Negating Effective Remedies for Judicial Breach of the Bill of Rights

In Attorney-General v Chapman [2012] 1 NZLR 462, a divided Supreme Court has ruled out all prospect of a Baigent damages remedy for breach by the judicial branch of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 (“judicial BORA breach”).

Using Human Rights Law in Litigation: Remedies for Breach of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990

This paper addresses the topic of remedies for breach of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 (“BORA”). It is mainly concerned with civil remedies for BORA breach.

Employment Law and Human Rights – A Crucial Interface”

The focus of this paper is the “crucial interface” between employment law and human rights norms.

Address for Bernard Brown, 17 October 2013

It is a tremendous but daunting honour to have been asked by Bernard to serve as an hors d’oeuvre to his splendid repast which will shortly follow.