Te Piringa - Faculty of Law News
Four leading academics awarded the title of Emeritus Professor (24 September 2020)
The University of Waikato has proudly awarded four academics, the Hon. Margaret Wilson, Peter Kamp, Ernie Kalnins and Anne McKim, with the title of Emeritus Professor for their exemplary work in their respective fields, as well as their outstanding contributions to the community.
With the election campaign underway, can the law protect voters from fake news and conspiracy theories? (15 September 2020)
Last weekend’s “anti-lockdown” protest in Auckland provided a snapshot of the various conspiracy theories and grievances circulating online and within the community: masks, vaccination, QAnon, 5G technology, government tyranny and COVID-19 were all in the mix.
New Zealand is violating the rights of its children. Is it time to change the legal definition of age discrimination? (9 September 2020)
The comforting claim that New Zealand is a great place to bring up kids took another hit with last week’s damning UNICEF report on child well-being.
If reducing harm to society is the goal, a cost-benefit analysis shows cannabis prohibition has failed (8 September 2020)
The case for a referendum on New Zealand’s cannabis law was already urgent in 2015 when the supposedly more pressing issue was whether we should change the flag. As I argued at the time, prohibition had failed and was costing society far more than the drug itself.
When life means life: why the court had to deliver an unprecedented sentence for the Christchurch terrorist (27 August 2020)
Was Brenton Tarrant’s silence and acceptance of sentence in court a final act to expand his notoriety? Was his disavowal of previously expressed ideological views a trick?
Jailing the Christchurch terrorist will cost New Zealand millions. A prisoner swap with Australia would solve more than one problem (19 August 2020)
There is no death penalty in New Zealand, unlike the United States. But Christchurch terrorist Brenton Tarrant, due for sentencing next week, will be going to jail for a very long time.
Should a COVID-19 vaccine be compulsory - and what would this mean for anti-vaxxers? (7 August 2020)
With COVID-19 vaccine developers reporting promising results, it is probable we will one day face a major public health question: can the government compel New Zealanders to be vaccinated?
Operation Burnham: the New Zealand military's self-inflicted wounds will not heal by themselves (3 August 2020)
The old maxim that truth is the first casualty of war has been borne out by the damning Report of the Government Inquiry into Operation Burnham.
The dangerous new cold war brewing with China will test New Zealand even more than the old one (22 July 2020)
A new cold war with China is coming and it will be just as dangerous, expensive and pointless as the last one.
There is no legal right to free quarantine — but there is a fair way to set the price (21 July 2020)
Welcome home – now here’s your invoice.