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Harmful Digital Communications Bill submission

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Introduction
I am a barrister specialising in media law and a lecturer in media and privacy law at Victoria University of Wellington’s law school. I am also a blogger and occasional journalist. I am the author of a textbook for journalists called “Media Minefield”. I have dealt with, studied, and commented on many cases involving harmful […]

Constitution, reviewed

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

To all those people who insistend that the government’s constitutional consideration was a stalking horse for formally entrenching the Treaty of Waitangi and racial bias into our constitution: time to start wiping the egg off your face. I’m looking at you, Chris Trotter and Winston Peters and John Ansell and the folk at the Independent Constitutional Review. […]

Is Whale Oil a journalist?

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

More specifically, is Cameron Slater entitled to the same privilege to protect sources that other journalists have?
As the NZ Herald reports, the owner/operator/author of NZ’s most widely read blog is being sued for defamation. The plaintiff has formally asked him whether he knows the name of his source. (You might have thought that the answer […]

Privacy scholarship

Friday, November 1st, 2013

My colleague at VUW’s law school, Dr Nicole Moreham, asked me to post this:
A scholarship is available for a student wishing to complete an LLM by thesis on the law of privacy at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.  The thesis will be supervised by Dr Nicole Moreham (co-editor of Tugenhat & Christie: The […]

Sign up!

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Like many others, I’m worried that NZ is about to sign up to a Treaty (the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) that looks like it will have wide-ranging implications for our own laws - our ability to regulate genetically modified products, intellectual property, tobacco and alcohol, the flow of capital, the environment, the purchase of medicines, and […]

Nipples of discontent

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

It seems the whole of NZ’s media are carrying stories of the “nipple ban”. The stories say the Commercial Approvals Bureau has denied the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation permission to run an ad about breast cancer because it features nudity.
Reading through the storms of readers’ comments, I’m encouraged to find that most people think this is daffy. (Take a look at the Scottish ad […]

Read this, if you haven’t already

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Andrew Geddis nails the government for another constitutional abuse.

Digital harrassment remedies coming

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Justice Minister Judith Collins has (by and large) accepted the Law Commission’s recommendations to better protect victims of cyber-harrassment. (I have explained and defended and critiqued and defended again the Law Commission’s proposals elsewhere).
Note that this is not the same as the Law Commission’s recently confirmed plan to set up a one-stop regulator for the news […]

Live public debates on our Constitution

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Debating the Constitution
During April and May, the NZ Centre for Public Law (with generous support and funding from the NZ Law Foundation) will host a series of debates on issues raised by the Government’s review of the New Zealand constitution. The debates will be broadcast on Radio NZ National. Join us on VUW Kelburn […]

Labour’s weird response to the Law Commission

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

News Media Standards Authority: good idea! says Labour. Just make sure there are no political appointments:

Consistent ethical standards for all forms of media are necessary but politicians should be kept away from appointing complaints bodies and setting terms of reference, said Labour’s Broadcasting, Communications and IT spokesperson Clare Curran and Justice spokesperson Andrew Little.

Um, yeah. […]

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