Andrew Geddis

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

Politics
Jul 8, 2021
High Court with burning Earth superimposed

Why a group of lawyers are taking the Climate Commission to court

The group argues that the commission gave bad advice to the government based on faulty carbon calculations.

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Politics
Jun 2, 2021

A 15-year limit would mean turfing out a heap of MPs. But there are also downsides

The risk of MPs' institutionalised maladaptation is certainly extreme, but is a 15-year cap on a seat in parliament the answer?

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Politics
May 24, 2021

Some thoughts on David Seymour's 'democracy policy'

In which one of NZ's top electoral experts pledges: If the term ever gets extended without a referendum, I will run down the main street of Pūrākaunui naked.

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Society
May 1, 2021

A final legal coda to the great Southern-Molyneux drama of 2018

Though the controversy over the duo's visit happened well before the Christchurch massacre, the spectre of the shootings was never far from this case.

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Society
Apr 19, 2021

The terrible story of Mrs P: Cruel injustice compounded by arbitrary, unkind response

The premature dismissal of compensation for a woman wrongly convicted and sentenced to a year of home detention is morally and practically ill-founded.

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Politics
Apr 9, 2021

Is banning all arrivals from India, including New Zealand citizens, actually legal?

It comes down to this: is such an unprecedented decision a 'demonstrably justified' limit on people’s rights, explains public law expert Andrew Geddis.

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Politics
Mar 25, 2021

Donald Trump isn’t a good enough reason for NZ not to become a republic

The argument that we should keep the Queen to avoid being saddled with a worse alternative is spurious at best.

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Politics
Mar 2, 2021

The trouble with demands for a police crackdown on Covid isolation rule-dodgers

There are legal and moral issues around enforcement for failing to properly isolate. But if our goal is stamping out Covid, don't overlook the unintended consequences.

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Politics
Dec 8, 2020

The cannabis vote was a disgrace. And the court case to overturn it is doomed

Sorry, but you can’t go in front of a court after an election (or referendum) and simply say, 'I don’t like how things were done – so let’s have another go'.

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Politics
Nov 1, 2020

The Greens are now part of the ‘governing team’, if not the government

Think of it as a 'friends with arranged benefits' relationship.

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Politics
Oct 20, 2020

Will Labour swipe right on the Greens to govern?

With the government set to take shape in the next few weeks, Labour and the Greens will have to decide on the nature of their relationship for the next three years. Andrew Geddis takes us through the options at hand. 

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Politics
Sep 30, 2020

Nothing to do with the NZ First Party? Seriously laughable

Winston Peters claims complete exoneration, but the idea the fundraising activities of the NZ First Foundation are unlinked to the party just won’t wash.

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Politics
Aug 24, 2020

The campaign to lower the voting age arrives today at the High Court. Here’s what is at stake

The court will be asked to rule that the current voting age, while legally valid, is a form of unjustified age discrimination.

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Politics
Aug 20, 2020

Unlawful, but necessary and reasonable: making sense of the High Court ruling on the lockdown

In choosing to lead with the threat that Covid-19 poses the court makes it abundantly clear that it is going to cut the government a lot of slack.

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Politics
Aug 12, 2020

Andrew Geddis: Parliament’s dissolution has been delayed. What about the election?

Parliament is scheduled to be dissolved today for an election on September 19. University of Otago law professor Andrew Geddis runs through how and under what circumstances the election will happen – or be delayed.

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Politics
Aug 10, 2020

Shocking news: The system worked and a noxious law got binned

One of those moments when we can see why political activism of all kinds actually matters.

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Society
Jul 27, 2020

Today the legality of the lockdown will be sternly challenged. And so it should be

The Borrowdale case, which goes before a full bench in the High Court today, demonstrates a society taking its basic governing commitments seriously, writes Andrew Geddis. As time goes by, it …

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Society
Jul 20, 2020

The ruling that lays bare the gross injustice of the three strikes law

The court said a prison sentence was 'manifestly unjust', but it had no alternative.

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Politics
Jun 25, 2020

The prisoner voting law and the dawn of the zombie electors

Last night should have been a cause for muted celebration in parliament. Instead, it's been overshadowed by procedural games and unhelpful amendments.

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Politics
Jun 22, 2020

One problem with the compassionate leave ban: it’s quite possibly not legal

While the announcement that nobody in managed isolation will be allowed out early on compassionate grounds might sound reassuring, its legal basis appears extremely shaky.

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Politics
Jun 17, 2020

Disentangling the Unite for the Recovery ad campaign conundrum

The government says it's providing an essential service as the country emerges from Covid-19; the opposition says it's election propaganda in disguise.

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Politics
May 14, 2020

Andrew Geddis: The level two law is necessary – and full of flaws

The shortcomings seem to reflect a broader problem with how Māori have been overlooked in the plans to move to level two.

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Politics
May 11, 2020

Where we are now on the lockdown and the law

As the question of whether the lockdown notices were lawful continues to fester, Andrew Geddis takes a deep dive into the issues at play.

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Politics
May 7, 2020

Yes, the courts should scrutinise the lockdown. But Bridges’ committee should back off

The legality of the actions taken in response to Covid-19 are coming under question. And some are very reasonable questions to ask.

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Politics
Apr 5, 2020

The lockdown has a new legal basis – but does it makes the rules any clearer?

The Health Act order quietly released on Friday night tidies up some of the grey areas around what we can and can't do. 

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Politics
Mar 30, 2020

Lockdown policing can’t work well while there’s still confusion over rules

When officials don't seem clear on the rules around movement, it makes it harder for everyone to do the right thing.

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