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 …

Amicus Curiae: Pipping the Government to the Post – NZPIP and Miscarriages of Justice

At the start of this month, a group of prominent legal practitioners and academics motivated joined together to form the New Zealand Public Interest Panel (NZPIP) in order to investigate cases showing the hallmarks of a miscarriage of justice rather than await the establishment of an official body discharging the same function. Today, Guest Contributor Naushyn Janah, of the EJP Outreach team, …

Amicus Curiae: Mythbusting the Unlicensed Maori Driver Controversy

Elizabeth Murray, Leading Contributor Since yesterday there has been a chaotic stream of media commentary and public outrage on the directive issued by Counties Manukau District Police instructing officers in that district to give traffic compliance to unlicensed Maori drivers instead of immediately giving them a fine. Instead of stimulating discussion of the relative success of such directives in promoting …

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 …

Amicus Curiae: The Elephant in the Debating Chamber – Debating Euthanasia After ‘Seales’

Eugenia Woo, Leading Contributor In the aftermath of the highly-publicised Seales v Attorney-General case, there has undoubtedly been a renewal of the discussion around end of life choices and their place in New Zealand’s future. Justice Collins’ decision to not grant Lecretia Seales’ application for declarations stating that her physician was able to assist her in ending her life has reignited the debate around euthanasia, and a New Zealand …

Amicus Curiae: Equal Access to Medicine and the TPPA – A Follow-Up

Last Thursday, WikiLeaks released more of the negotiating text of the Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The section released dealt with proposals to harmonise the regulatory regimes for pharmaceuticals between member states, the details of which have aggravated concerns that agencies such as Pharmac will have less power to secure the best deals for the New Zealand healthcare system. In a follow-up to his recent article …

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 …

Amicus Curiae: Remembering a Giant – Sir Peter Williams QC (1934-2015)

Sebastian Hartley, Communications Co-Manager Sir Peter Williams QC died yesterday evening aged eighty after a decade-long battle with prostate cancer. His investiture as a knight was carried out at a special ceremony at his Auckland home in April after being announced in the New Year’s Honour due to his deteriorating health. Following his admission to the bar in 1960, Sir Peter …