Stephen Winter | Responding to the Judicial Declaration of Inconsistency

Approximately one year ago, on 24 July 2015, the New Zealand High Court issued a ground-breaking judgement. Taylor v Attorney-General (2015) declares the Elections Act to be inconsistent with New Zealand’s Bill of Rights Act (NZBORA). NZBORA describes the human rights and fundamental freedoms necessary to a free and democratic society, including the ‘right to … Continue reading Stephen Winter | Responding to the Judicial Declaration of Inconsistency

Patrick Flamm | The EU is kaputt, long live the European republic!

While most post-Brexit coverage has so far focussed on the unfolding domestic repercussions within the United Kingdom, it is equally important to turn to the rest of Europe where many issues remain unclear. Most seriously, the looming Brexit raises questions for the EU and its stated objective of building a closer, a peaceful, free, democratic, … Continue reading Patrick Flamm | The EU is kaputt, long live the European republic!

Nicholas Ross Smith | History tells us that Britain should not be fooled into thinking it can go alone

The dust is finally beginning to settle after the UK’s decision via referendum to leave the EU. However, somewhat bizarrely, the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote has given us few concrete ideas about what the Brexit will look like, with many different models and proposals being touted by the key players, both on the … Continue reading Nicholas Ross Smith | History tells us that Britain should not be fooled into thinking it can go alone

Michael Doonan | United States Health Care Reform

The United States health care system is a non-system amalgamation of public and private health insurance options. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) (more commonly known as “Obamacare,”) did not rationalize the system. Instead, the ACA built on and around existing systems, expanding insurance options for 47 million uninsured people.  If you can imagine the American … Continue reading Michael Doonan | United States Health Care Reform

Suzanne Loughlin |“Punching above our weight” in Women, Peace and Security? Not without linking the local and the global

New Zealand finalised its National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security in support of the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2015 at the same time as it sought a seat on the United Nations Security Council. Like many other member states, New Zealand has been tardy in preparing … Continue reading Suzanne Loughlin |“Punching above our weight” in Women, Peace and Security? Not without linking the local and the global

Mark Boyd | Lessons for New Zealand from Ireland’s protracted government negotiations

The Irish people went to the polls to elect a new government on 26 February.  Finally, ten weeks later on 6 May they got one.  Incumbent Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny has been in a caretaker role as the leader of Fine Gael, the largest party in the Dail (Parliament) since the election, and will … Continue reading Mark Boyd | Lessons for New Zealand from Ireland’s protracted government negotiations