Publications and presentations


R D Best “Freedom of Speech in Parliament:  Constitutional Safeguard or Sword of Oppression?” (1994) 24 Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 91

R D Best “The Availability of Loss of Bargain Damages Upon Termination of Commercial Property Leases:  Are New Zealand Courts Perpetuating an Unprincipled Remedial Regime?” (1994) 24 Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 349

R D Best “Rationalising Judicial Review of Commercial Decisions” (1997) LawTalk 19

P J Radich and R D Best “Baigent:  An Update” [1997] New Zealand Law Journal 207

P J Radich and R D Best “Section 3 of the Bill of Rights” [1997] New Zealand Law Journal 251

P J Radich and R D Best “Class Actions” [1997] New Zealand Law Journal 265

R D Best “Conditional Leave to Appeal to the Privy Council” [1998] New Zealand Law Journal 439

R D Best “Consultation Obligations” [1999] New Zealand Law Journal 192

R D Best “Great Expectations – Learning from Coughlan” [1999] British Journal of Health Care Management 463

R D Best “Legitimate Expectation of Substantive Benefit” [2000] New Zealand Law Journal 307

R D Best “Pharmaceutical Subsidisation and Judicial Review of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence” (2001) 7 Journal of Commercial Biotechnology 237

R D Best “A Comparison of Civil Liability for Defective Products in the United Kingdom and Germany” (2002) 3(4) German Law Journal (online at

R D Best and A McDougall “Appeals Against NICE Appraisals” (2002) 13(4) Regulatory Affairs Journal 279

R D Best “The Select Committee on Health´s Report on NICE – Confidentiality Concerns” (15 August 2002, online at and, and summarised in Scrip World Pharmaceutical News Issue No. 2776/77, August 28/30 2002)

R D Best “Protecting the Confidentiality of Pharmaceutical Data” (2003) 14(4) Regulatory Affairs Journal 261 (part 1) and 343 (part 2)

R D Best “Liability for Asbestos Related Disease in England and Germany” (2003) 7(4) German Law Journal (online at; also available on

R D Best “Challenging Pharmaceutical Regulatory Decisions on Safety Grounds” (2004) Regulatory Affairs Journal (Pharma) 3

R D Best “Confidential Pharmaceutical Data:  Restricting Disclosure in Court Proceedings” (8 January 2004, online at

A McDougall and R D Best “High Court Finds Unfairness in Disclosure of Pharmaceutical Company’s Dawn Raided Documents” (2004) 14(5) Pharmaceutical Physician 20

R D Best “Freedom of Information – Will Public Authorities Be Able to Copy Copyright Documents When Responding to Requests?” (7 July 2004, online at

R D Best “Reduction of Legal Risk Through, and other Advantages of, the Adoption of RSS and Email Subscription” (15 October 2004, online at

R D Best “Freedom of Information – Department of Constitutional Affairs Speaks on the Issue of Copyright” (27 October 2004, online at

R D Best “Freedom of Information and the Protection of Regulatory Data:  A Case Study” (2004) Regulatory Affairs Journal (Pharma) 887

R D Best “Freedom of Information and Blogging:  A Potentially Dangerous Mix?” (19 January 2005, online at

R D Best “Freedom of Information: Contractual Consultation Obligations” (2005) World Data Protection Report 16

M Elvy and R D Best “Recalling Cases Past and Products Future” (2005) Disputes 2005 Legalease Special Report 34

M Elvy and R D Best “England’s New 2005 Safety Regulations Explained” (2005) Foresight: The Journal of Risk Management (August) 10

R D Best “Social media and legal code: A checklist of issues” (2008) New Zealand Lawyer (2 May) 22


R D Best, New Zealand Law Society, Judicial Review Intensive, September 2007, “Case study – putting it into practice” (co-presented with Ailsa Duffy QC and Justin Smith)

R D Best, LexisNexis, IT Contracts conference, April 2008, “Social Media and the Law”

R D Best, GOVIS, February 2010, presentation on “Draft New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing Framework”

R D Best, Presentations on NZGOAL and the use of Creative Commons licensing in the New Zealand Government, November 2010, Washington DC and Canberra

R D Best, Multiple training sessions on NZGOAL to New Zealand government agencies, 2010-2011

R D Best, Video-presentation on NZGOAL to the Open Government Data Conference & Data Camp, September 2011, Brisbane

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