Kenneth Keith

Lawyer, Chivalric Order Member

1937 –

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Who is Kenneth Keith?

Sir Kenneth James Keith ONZ KBE QC is a New Zealand Judge appointed to the International Court of Justice in November 2005.

Keith was educated at the Auckland Grammar School and studied Law at the University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, and Harvard Law School. He was a faculty member of Victoria University from 1962 to 1964 and from 1966 to 1991. He served in the New Zealand Department of External Affairs during the early 1960s, and as a member of the United Nations Secretariat from 1968 to 1970. After this, he was Director of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs and later became President of the New Zealand Law Commission. He was also a member of the Royal Commission on the Electoral System which was key in changing New Zealand's electoral system. In 1993 he was a member of the Working Party on the Reorganisation of the Income Tax Act 1976 which was instrumental in launching a fundamental reform the way New Zealand tax legislation was written.

From 1996 to 2003, Keith was a Judge of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand, and was a member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London.

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Nov 19, 1937
New Zealand
Also known as
  • Judge Kenneth Keith
  • New Zealand
  • Harvard Law School

on July 23, 2013


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