EJP Outreach Euthanasia Symposium Paper

Click here to view the Euthanasia Symposium Paper. The euthanasia debate has been ignited following Lecretia Seales’ public plight to clarify the state of New Zealand’s law on euthanasia. In June of 2015, the High Court ruled that medical assistance to help Ms Seales die at a time of her own choosing would be against the current law, and that …

Applications for EJP Director 2016 Now Open

Are you passionate about social justice? Are you organised and have a vision for how the Equal Justice Project can be bigger and better than ever? Apply to be a 2016 EJP Director! We are currently taking applications for a new EJP director for 2016. You can apply for the position using the form below. The EJP Director role involves …

The 2015 Equal Justice Project Hui

As law students, our greatest assets are our idealism, energy, and passion for making a positive difference in people’s lives. However, given the nature of law school and the constant grind of assignments and tests, it can be easy to lose sight of why we chose to be a part of the work that the Equal Justice Project does to …

Audiovisual Recordings: EJP Miscarriages of Justice Symposium

In recent years, New Zealand’s attention has turned towards the reality that there are innocent people in our prisons. Though Mark Lundy’s conviction has now been confirmed, the exoneration of David Bain and Teina Pora reminds us that there our prosecution, trial, conviction, and appeal processes lead to injustices. Following these high-profile proceedings, the Equal Justice Project’s Outreach team was delighted to welcome …

Exclusive Interview with Jan Logie MP on Abortion Law Reform

EDITORIAL NOTE: In preparing her recent article on abortion law reform (available to view here), EJP Content Contributor Rebecca Hallas had the opportunity to interview Jan Logie MP regarding the Green Party’s policy on abortion. Released in the build up to the 2014 election, the Greens’ policy was met with fierce criticism by opponents of liberalised abortion laws. The full text of …

Cross-Examination: Water Pricing and Treaty Settlements

BY CHRIS RYAN Water become a major issue in this year’s election campaign following public concern about the extraction and sale of water resources and the Labour party’s policy of introducing a charge on commercial water users.[1] However, the status of Māori claims over freshwater means that such a policy has raised some concern. Māori and Water Article Two of …

The Equal Justice Project: End of Year Report 2017

We’ve had an amazing year at EJP, coming runner up for Club of the Year in the 2017 Clubs Awards, and being granted official charity status! Photos from our End of Year Event will be coming soon (thanks to Bird Wines and Lush Cosmetics for sponsoring us!) but in the meantime you can check out our end of year report …

Cross-Examination: The Maori Seats Debate: Do We Still Need Them?

BY JASPER LAU With the election campaign calls from Winston Peters to hold a binding referendum if NZ First gets into a coalition government, the status of the Maori seats has yet again been pushed into the spotlight.The Māori seats remain a unique feature of our governmental structure and yet remain controversial to this very day, due to the criteria …

Amicus Curiae: The 1.5 Generation and Asian Political Representation

By Janna Tay Whenever we are in a crowd or watching a show, someone in our group inevitably asks, ‘Where are the Asians?’, and so it was with the Labour campaign launch at the Auckland Town Hall in late August. It’s one thing to ask this question for mainstream TV shows or in Asian fusion eateries in Ponsonby, but it’s …

Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up? The National Party vs Eminem

  By Isaac Chen With election season on the forefront of many people’s minds, many will recall the media flurry over the high profile legal battle that came before the High Court in May this year over Eminem’s song “Lose Yourself”. The judgment is yet to be made, as this case highlighted how complex the assessment of copyright infringement in …

Cross-Examination: Political Donations and Transparency

BY JASPER LAU Who funds our political parties? That is the $31m question that has been asked of New Zealand political parties since 2011.[1] Whilst $31m might seem like a drop in a bucket compared to the money channeled in American politics, this still constitutes a large sum of money that cannot simply be ignored. Despite New Zealand being labeled …

Amicus Curiae: Accessibility Legislation Would Be a ‘Win-Win’ For Everybody

BY CLAUDIA RUSSELL Accessibility legislation could be a ‘win-win’ for employers and people with disabilities. A recent national poll has revealed mass support for accessibility legislation. 80% of respondents said they support the introduction of minimum standards for disability access. Shockingly, New Zealand currently has no formal standards for building and transport accessibility. In conversation with Radio New Zealand, spokesperson …

Cross-Examination: Robo-advice and the Future of the Legal Industry

BY JANNA TAY Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the very nature of how we live and work. As law firms start taking advantage of the latest technology, recent developments in New Zealand surrounding financial “robo-advice” raise questions as to how automation might affect the legal industry. Financial Robo-Advice Financial robo-advice refers to the use of algorithms which generate financial advice …

Interview with Amnesty On Campus

BY DANIEL GAMBITSIS The Equal Justice Project interviewed Keeara Ofren, the President of Amnesty on Campus at the University of Auckland for 2017. Amnesty International has worked since 1961 to combat human rights abuses globally in relation to armed conflict, detention, disappearances, discrimination, freedom of expression, refugees, asylum seekers, sexual and reproductive rights, torture and other areas. Amnesty researches human …