Andrew Geddis

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

Politics
Nov 28, 2017

On Golriz Ghahraman, human rights and defending the devil

A new Green MP is under fire over her past work as a legal intern in a team defending men accused of war crimes in Rwanda. Do the criticisms hold water?

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Politics
Oct 20, 2017

A government absent the biggest party marks MMP's coming of age

Andrew Geddis assesses the shape and viability of the new Jacinda Ardern led government. And sings the praises of two individuals, one from the Greens, the other National.

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Politics
Oct 9, 2017

2017 was both a change election and a vote for the status quo

Yesterday Massey University's Claire Robinson argued against this being a change election with reference to prior results. Here the University of Otago's Andrew Geddis suggests that these endless circular arguments are simply in the eye of the beholder.

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Politics
Sep 8, 2017

Gareth Morgan won’t be on the TVNZ debate tonight. Did the courts get it right?

The sight of a small party going to the courts to seek a place on a television debate has become a regular sight in our election campaigns. Andrew Geddis walks us through the debate about the debates.

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Society
Aug 30, 2017

Why the courts shot down the government on Teina Pora compensation

The High Court has agreed that the payout for the miscarriage of justice was insufficient. Law professor Andrew Geddis explains the basis for that decision

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Politics
Aug 4, 2017

Yup, Metiria Turei broke the law. But this is a hell of a heavy price

The Green co-leader today ruled herself out of a future cabinet role after admissions about lying to Winz and in her voter registration details. But how bad, really, was the breach of electoral law, asks Andrew Geddis

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Politics
Jul 17, 2017

The trouble with Winston Peters’ referendums

The New Zealand First leader is promising two referendums if his party is in government. One is daft and the other is daft and dangerous, writes Andrew Geddis.

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Politics
Jun 20, 2017

Why the police may have cause to launch a fresh probe into the Barclay-tapes affair

The story of Todd Barclay's behaviour towards his electorate staff has become a lot more interesting, as new details about efforts to cover it up emerge. A crucial question, writes law professor Andrew Geddis, surrounds claims of pressure put on his former electorate agent to withdraw her complaint

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Society
Jun 9, 2017

For the love of all that is holy, please can the Colin Craig legal train wreck stop?

Colin Craig says he has filed defamation proceedings against his former secretary Rachel MacGregor, just one of at least five cases the former the Conservative Party leader currently has before the courts. Otago University law professor Andrew Geddis looks at whether Craig's seemingly never-ending legal actions can be stopped.

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Politics
May 23, 2017

Has post-RIP TPP, minus USA, already been OKed by NZ MPs? IMO, No

It seemed Trump had killed the TPP, but it has sprung back to life with English's visit to Japan. His confidence that that the NZ parliament has already approved a TPP11 is misplaced, however, writes Andrew Geddis.

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Politics
May 15, 2017

What does the law say about Alfred Ngaro’s dumbass threats?

Lawyer Andrew Geddis looks into what should happen if associate housing minister Alfred Ngaro were ever to actually do what he threatened over the weekend.

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Politics
Mar 21, 2017

Fatima was three. Was she killed in our name?

We appear to have been systemically lied to about what our soldiers do in our name, and that is intolerable, writes Andrew Geddis

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Politics
Feb 27, 2017

How I tested electoral law by dropping a 30-second tirade amid hard-hitting ganja tunes (and why it really matters)

The shocking true story of a law professor, a student radio station and a pro-cannabis political party conspiring to introduce US-style negative election campaigning to the nation’s airwaves, all with the help of the NZ Court of Appeal.

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Society
Nov 25, 2016

That High Court judge, translated: ‘This three-strikes law is batshit crazy’

Faced with an absurdly rigid obligation to issue a prison sentence for a relatively minor offence, Justice Toogood deployed every drop of discretion available, writes Andrew Geddis

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Politics
Aug 2, 2016

A million dollars for David Bain – just don’t call it compensation

The $925,000 government payout is intended to close a long and messy chapter in the David Bain whodunnit, though it will only reiginte the Bainologists. Law professor Andrew Geddis explains how we ended up here.

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Society
Jun 22, 2016

How the police sprung a ‘Mr Big’ undercover sting to snare a murderer, and what we can’t say about it

Kamal Reddy is going to jail following the successful use of the controversial ‘Crime Scenario Undercover Technique’. What does our highest court have to say about its use? Sorry, you’re not allowed to know that yet, writes Andrew Geddis

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Politics
Jun 15, 2016

Teina Pora has been shortchanged by at least $2 million – Cabinet’s own guidelines say so

Teina Pora has been given the thing he said he wanted most – a formal apology for the 22 years he wrongly spent behind bars as an innocent man. He …

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Politics
Jun 5, 2016

What Winston Peters could learn from binge-watching Danish drama

Constitutional law expert Andrew Geddis examines whether the NZ First leader could really become prime minister, with the help of political nerds’ favourite TV show

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Politics
May 2, 2016

The lessons for NZ from Canada’s assisted dying bill

David Seymour has thrown his member's bill into the parliamentary hat. But the legislation currently being debated in Canada differs in some important ways, writes Andrew Geddis.

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