The Crime of Aggression: A Solution to International Use of Armed Force?

HAYA KHAN As of the 17th of July, 2018, the crime of aggression has been incorporated into the ‘Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court’. It functions as a method of criminalising the invasion of foreign countries, acting as a mechanism to bar the possibility of a world war. Does this mean no more war ever? Not quite. The activation …

Labour vs National on Medicinal Cannabis Reform: What’s the Deal?

Milly Sheed A shake up of medicinal cannabis legalisation in New Zealand has been a hot topic of discussion since the introduction of our new Labour Government last year. Each party has a unique stance on the merits and regulatory requirements needed for medicinal cannabis to operate effectively in New Zealand. Accusatory rhetoric from media and Members of Parliament surrounds …

The Euthanasia Bill: Everything You Need To Know

Katrina Bernadette Currently, assisted suicide is illegal in New Zealand. Before David Seymour introduced the End of Life Choice Bill in 2017, there have been two attempts to legalise euthanasia. In 1995, the Death With Dignity Bill co-authored by National Party MP’s Cam Champion and Michael Laws went to Parliament. It failed by 61 votes against to 29 votes for. …

Better, Faster, Stronger, CRISPR: The Future of Gene-Editing and its Implications

Patricia Lu CRISPR (pronounced “crisper”) is a revolutionary gene-editing tool that has the scientific world abuzz. Viewed by many as “one of the greatest biotechnology advances of the past century”[1] since its discovery 6 years ago, CRISPR’s potential is found to be both extensive and varied. Talks of an inevitable Nobel Prize are also frequently thrown around.[2] With applications in …

Voluntourism and New Zealand: It’s Time for Parliament to Intervene

This article is based on research by EJP’s Pro Bono Team, consisting of Imogen Little and Lucy Kelly (Pro Bono team Co-Managers), Rosa Gavey, Carissa Fleury, Helen Loveridge, Jarod Davies, Lexi Finucane, Madeleine Hay, Renée Zhang and Yash Patel. Their extensive research was summarised into this article by Rachel Buckman, Eve Gamet, Nithya Narayanan, Anuja Mitra, Goergia Osmond and Milly …

Domestic Violence Victims’ Protection Act – a great leap forward?

Amy Dresser The Domestic Violence — Victims’ Protection Act 2018 is an Act “for every victim of domestic violence who ever felt trapped and for every person who knew a workmate was being abused but did not know how to help.”[1] New Zealand has the highest prevalence of domestic violence of any country in the OECD,[2] and the police attend …

Treating Mental Illness

Akhil Parashar Being diagnosed with, and coming to terms with mental illnesses is a trying time in an individual’s life. Things often get more challenging when it comes time for treatment, as a lot of the medications tend to have nasty side-effects. This essay will explore the appropriate treatments for those suffering from serious mental illnesses, the ethical and human …

Legislate Away the Hate: the Future of Conversion Therapy in New Zealand

Lauren White On the surface, New Zealand seems to be a nation where LGBTQIA+ people can freely live as themselves. With recent legislative developments such as the legalisation of same-sex marriage and the new ability to wipe convictions for homosexual activity from criminal records, it seems New Zealand has become a nation that is tolerant and accepting of LGBTQIA+ people …

Penalising Solo Parents

Georgia Osmond Life as a sole parent can be difficult, and arguably the government contributes to this by continuing to allow Section 70A of the Social Security Act 1964 to remain. Under this provision, it is possible for sole parents to have the benefit paid per child reduced if they fail or refuse to identify the other parent of their …