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 …

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 …

Amicus Curiae: Forcing a Discussion – Policy Changes in Sex Education

Pooja Upadhyay, Content Contributor The Ministry of Education has recently updated the formal guidelines of sexual education whereby state schools are now encouraged, but are not required, to include aspects of decision-making, sexual diversity and problem solving in their programmes. The rationale for these guidelines is to create an informational approach to sexual education; a departure from the traditional risk-based …

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 …

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 …

Amicus Curiae: Crime and Justice Investment in Budget 2015

Eugenia Woo, Leading Contributor The Budget for 2015 has recently been released, and the figures for crime and justice investment have left some discontent: the police budget has fallen after being frozen since 2010. Phil and Sharyn Taunt, who suffered a daylight burglary over Easter, are victims of crime who feel as if the plan for police spending outlined by the …

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 …

Cross-Examination: Dead on Arrival? – The TPPA and Equal Access to Medicine

Today, in the first of a two-part series on the potential implications of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on equality in New Zealand, EJP explores the impact of the Agreement on access to medicine. Will proposed intellectual property protections in the Agreement hamper the ability of Pharmac to procure medicines as cheaply as it does at the moment? Will this result in subsidies falling; ultimately reducing equality …

Amicus Curiae: Young Labour’s Gender Reassignment Surgery Proposal

Elizabeth Murray Yesterday, Labour MPs were questioned by the media about a policy remit put forward by Young Labour to ensure access and public funding to hormone replacement therapy and gender reassignment surgery. The proposal passed through two Young Labour regional party conferences, but still has a long way to go before even becoming part of the Labour Party’s policy …