Ben Keith

Ben Keith’s principal fields of expertise are in administrative, constitutional, human rights and public international law, with significant appearances at all levels of the New Zealand court system and in international fora. He has also advised and appeared in wider matters including civil and criminal procedure, extradition, immigration law and refugee protection, law reform and legislative policy, private international law, regulatory and investigatory powers and obligations under te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi.  Key cases and other matters are listed on this link:  CV.

Ben has most recently served as the first Deputy Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (2014-2017), an appointment under warrant made by the Governor-General, undertaking several substantial inquiries, extensive work in national security law and wider oversight of legal and policy compliance.  He has also worked as a specialist Crown Counsel in several roles within the New Zealand Crown Law Office, responsible for advising and representing the Attorney-General, other Ministers of the Crown and a broad range of government agencies.

Ben is a member of the New Zealand Law Society Public and Administrative Law committee.  He has also served on the Society’s Privacy and Human Rights committee, the New Zealand Private Law Coordination Committee, the council of the International Law Association and in other voluntary capacities.  He regularly contributes to professional and academic conferences. Further information is available at

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