Andrew Geddis

Andrew Geddis is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago.

Politics
Dec 4, 2019

No wonder Andrew Little is pissed off. But done-in-a-day law is usually bad law

The justice minister basically said that he’d had enough of the select committee’s shit.

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Politics
Nov 23, 2019

The reversal of the prisoner voting ban is a big move, and especially sweet for two men

Many prisoners who had the vote taken away from them will now see their rights restored.

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Politics
Nov 20, 2019

One possibility is NZ First has broken electoral law. The other possibility is worse

If what is reported is true, and is not a breach of the rules for political donations, then NZ's reputation for being squeaky clean is a joke.

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Politics
Oct 1, 2019

How the free-market squad devoured its free-speech children

The High Court rejection of the Free Speech Coalition challenge to the cancellation of an event by Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux carries a cruel irony for the zealous right.

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Politics
Sep 27, 2019

Why political attack ads will have to stop using footage from parliament

An electoral law expert explains the latest ruling from Speaker Trevor Mallard that has parliament up in arms

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Local Elections
Sep 10, 2019

Convicted of indecent assault. Kicked off council. Now he’s seeking re-election

The judgment on whether David Scott, who is seeking election on the Kāpiti Coast, is fit for public office should lie with the voters, rather than the law-makers.

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Politics
Aug 29, 2019

So, you want to hack New Zealand’s democracy?

A mystery donation to National has people asking how secure our electoral system is from corrupt foreign actors. Law expert Andrew Geddis explains what's at stake.

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Politics
Aug 14, 2019

Yup, the census is a shambles. But Simon Bridges need not make it worse

The National leader says census data is so ropey we should halt redrawing electorate boundaries. Down that path lie 'alternative facts'.

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Ātea
Aug 12, 2019

The Waitangi Tribunal just ripped to shreds a populist, pointless, pernicious law

This ruling on the prisoner voting ban says to the government: put up or shut up.

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Society
Jun 12, 2019

A damning court decision has huge implications for NZ-China relations

The Court of Appeal has decided that China's criminal justice system is so flawed that an alleged murderer living in New Zealand should not be extradited there.

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Politics
May 7, 2019

Sorry, but the cannabis vote is going to look a lot like the flag referendum

Tribal party loyalties will play a big part, writes Andrew Geddis.

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Politics
Apr 29, 2019

Brian Tamaki’s bizarre self-sabotaging ‘inmate revolts’ threats

Publicly telling the world a bunch of private visitors intend to cause prisoner revolts is a very good way of giving prison authorities “reasonable grounds” to deny you entry.

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Politics
Mar 14, 2019

What we don’t know about the Serious Fraud Office probe of National donations

The Police have referred their investigation into $100,000 in donations to the National Party to the Serious Fraud Office. It's plainly a very bad look but can we deduce much else?

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Politics
Feb 14, 2019

David Carter should be ashamed of his anti-democratic select committee stunt

The National MP's self-righteous defence for halting yesterday's meeting ignored the essential role the Opposition plays in upholding the select committee process, writes Andrew Geddis.

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Politics
Dec 7, 2018

Why is it a ‘contempt’ for an MP (or a journalist) to call Trevor Mallard biased?

Accusing parliament’s Speaker of behaving in a biased fashion undermines the necessary authority of the office

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Politics
Dec 2, 2018

It’s raining referendums, hallelujah

New Zealanders could be getting votes on cannabis reform, MMP and assisted dying – but politicians have a bunch of questions to answer first

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Society
Oct 27, 2018

Justice rolls its eyes: the deeply grim spectacle of Craig v Slater

Everyone's a loser in Colin Craig's defamation case against blogger Cameron Slater – but the only victim is Rachel MacGregor, the woman for whom this saga has become a living nightmare.

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Politics
Oct 18, 2018

Was that $100k National donation legal, or not?

Jami-Lee Ross's ever-changing story about the $100, 000 donation originating from businessman Zhang Yikun makes it hard to know whether a crime has been committed, writes law professor Andrew Geddis.

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Politics
Oct 17, 2018

If Jami-Lee Ross’s donations claims are true, what charges could Bridges face?

Law professor Andrew Giddens explains the possible implications

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Society
Oct 12, 2018

Can an Israeli court really make NZers pay $19,000 for an open letter to Lorde?

A Jerusalem court has ruled that two New Zealand women should cough up almost $19,000 in damages after calling for Lorde to boycott Israel. The chances of that being enforceable, however, are extremely slim

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Society
Sep 25, 2018

Hey, proctor, leave our bongs alone: How Otago’s ‘campus cop’ is breaking the law

If the Otago University proctor won't respect students' private property rights, students may have to take matters into their own hands, writes Otago law professor Andrew Geddis.

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Media
Sep 11, 2018

Why is Sir Ray Avery trying to take down the news?

Unhappy with Newsroom's coverage of him in recent weeks, Sir Ray Avery has filed a complaint with NetSafe, whose decision on the complaint may be a landmark one.

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Society
Jul 11, 2018

The law and Southern-Molyneux: even terrible, no good people have rights

If you think there's an easy answer on the whole Lauren Southern/Stefan Molyneux saga, law professor Andrew Geddis reckons you probably haven't thought about it hard enough.

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Society
Jun 12, 2018

This humiliating apology to Hager shows just how badly the police screwed up

The NZ Police have apologised to journalist Nicky Hager over their tactics in seeking to identify Rawshark following the publication of Dirty Politics. And it must never happen again

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Society
May 23, 2018

Is Otago University okay with censorship, or not?

If the university is really committed to free speech, yesterday's events suggest they've a funny way of showing it, writes law professor Andrew Geddis.

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Politics
Mar 22, 2018

Does Shane Jones want Air New Zealand to break the law?

Jones is calling on Air NZ to reinstate regional routes that have been closed for commercial reasons – thereby demonstrating a deep misunderstanding of the national airline's legal duties, writes law professor Andrew Geddis.

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