Cross-Examination: Locked out of the Conversation – The Consequences of Depriving Prisoners of Voting Rights

Jade Du Preez, content contributor The New Zealand prison system has come under criticism with the recent release of a UN Report from the Committee against Torture.[1] The report comes from a body of independent experts monitoring compliance with the provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Highlighted were concerns over Māori …

Cross-Examination: An Obsolete Status Quo – Does Religion Still Have A Place in New Zealand Schools?

Jess Fitzgerald, content contributor The recent media attention concerning Jeff McClintock’s High Court action against the Attorney General and his daughter’s Hibiscus Coast school has reignited debate over a complex issue sensitive to many New Zealanders: the place (if any) that religion should command in our schools. Religion has always been a fundamental aspect of New Zealand schools’ curriculum — …

Cross-Examination: The Unintended Consequences of the Harmful Digital Communications Act

Daniel Gambitsis, content contributor On 30 June the Harmful Digital Communications Act (HDC) passed its third and final reading. The highly controversial Act seeks to ‘deter, prevent, and mitigate’ online bullying and harassment and provide victims with a means of redress.[1] There is indubitably a crisis of online bullying and harassment in New Zealand, the online dimension to a widespread …

Cross-Examination: Abortion Law Reform in New Zealand – The Continuing Conversation

Rebecca Hallas, Content Contributor Since my first article on New Zealand’s abortion laws was published, there have been significant developments in the continuing debate over access to abortion. For the first time in almost 40 years, New Zealand’s abortion laws may change as a result of three concurrent developments in the ongoing debate around abortion law reform.[1] Parental Information Requirement for …

Cross-Examination: The Persecution Game – Historic Convictions for Homosexual Conduct

The decriminalisation of homosexual conduct in 1986 represented a triumph for equal justice. Nearly thirty years later, however, men prosecuted under the previous laws still have convictions marked against their name. Though these convictions can be concealed, hundreds of New Zealanders are still labelled as criminals for, in many cases, nothing more than having sex with another consenting adult. Today, Content …

Cross-Examination: New Zealand’s Questionable Commitment to Refugee Settlement

Ari Apa, Content Contributor Earlier this year, New Zealand’s Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy spoke out about New Zealand’s minimal efforts to alleviate the current global refugee crisis.[1] New Zealand is a signatory to the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees. New Zealand has assented to be bound by the Convention, and had adopted the principles underpinning the …

Cross-Examination: An Impossible Choice – ‘Seales v Attorney-General’

Lecretia Seales’ application to the High Court for declarations stating that her physician was able to assist her, as an individual facing an incurable and intolerable terminal disease, to end her life is the latest in a large number of assisted suicide cases to have come before the common law courts in recent years. Today, Communications Co-Manager Sebastian Hartley provides an in-depth analysis of …

Cross-Examination: Building on Shaky Ground? – The Christchurch Rebuild and Migrant Workers’ Rights

Lydia Buckley, Content Contributor Recently, the Government made the decision to relax some of our immigration laws with the purpose of allowing more workers from overseas to assist with the rebuild of Christchurch following the devastating earthquakes of 2011.[1] Four years on, crumbling buildings and construction tape still disfigure the CBD and the Government argues that there are simply not …

Cross-Examination: The Arbitration Game – The TPPA and Investor State Dispute Resolution

In the second article of our two-part series on the effects of a Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on social justice in New Zealand, EJP today explores the impact of the proposed Investor-to-State Dispute Resolution provisions in the draft TPPA. James Peacock asks whether these provisions, which will effectively give companies in TPPA-party states the ability to sue the New Zealand government for harming their interests, will negatively impact on …