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A Misuse of Emergency Powers? An Analysis of the Legality of Fiji’s 2006 and 2009 States of Emergency and Public Emergency Regulations

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dc.contributor.author Bentley-Beckham, Carey Amanda
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-02T02:58:08Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-12T02:32:18Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-02T02:58:08Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-12T02:32:18Z
dc.date.copyright 2018
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/20983
dc.description.abstract States of emergency have long been linked with human rights abuses, in particular where the state of emergency is not legitimate under international law. Despite extensive research and reports clarifying the legal framework that states must follow, there has been limited analysis focusing on a particular state. This paper aims to provide a valuable case study by analysing the states of emergency declared in Fiji in 2006 and 2009 against existing legal frameworks to ascertain their legitimacy under international law. The 2009 Public Emergency Regulations, which allowed for a number of derogations from human rights, are also critically evaluated to assess their conformity with international law. As the emergency situations used as justification for invoking the states of emergency did not reach the required threshold, the imposed states of emergency were illegitimate. Furthermore, the Public Emergency Regulations permitted wide human rights derogations that were completely disproportionate to the situation. By providing a case study of a state that has misused a state of emergency and emergency powers, and showing how this misuse can result in ongoing human rights abuses, this paper affirms the value of ongoing international oversight and the importance of enforcing the international requirements. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Fiji en_NZ
dc.subject States en_NZ
dc.subject Emergency en_NZ
dc.subject State of emergency en_NZ
dc.subject Coup en_NZ
dc.subject Human rights en_NZ
dc.title A Misuse of Emergency Powers? An Analysis of the Legality of Fiji’s 2006 and 2009 States of Emergency and Public Emergency Regulations en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Victoria Law School en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Faculty of Law / Te Kauhanganui Tātai Ture en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180103 Administrative Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180114 Human Rights Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180116 International Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180122 Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Research Paper or Project en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Law en_NZ
thesis.degree.name LL.B. (Honours) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 489999 Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.school School of Law en_NZ

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