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

Terrorism Suppression Act 2002 (TSA) - several proposed changes are in the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill (the Bill) that was introduced in 2021. The proposed changes include:

  • making amendments to clarify the definition of a 'terrorist act'
  • creating a new offence to criminalise planning or preparation for a terrorist act
  • creating a new offence to more clearly criminalise terrorist weapons and combat training
  • creating a new offence for international travel to carry out terrorist activities
  • expanding the criminal offence of financing terrorism to include broader forms of material support
  • extending the eligibility for a control order to include individuals who have completed a prison sentence for a terrorism-related offence if they continue to present a real risk of engaging in terrorism-related activities.

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.