Law & Government
About Law & Government
Our representatives in Parliament and their advisors have the power to affect thousands, even millions, of lives. From the constitutional framework that empowers and limits government, to issues of law and policy that touch on deeper issues like the value and inviolability of human life, we continue an active engagement and interest in a range of policy and legal issues.
Most Recent Activity
MIC 08 | The experts against euthanasia
With David Seymour’s End of Life Choices Bill up for a first reading in Parliament, legal assisted suicide is firmly on…Read More
Why Not? | Making sense of the case against assisted suicide
Why shouldn’t New Zealanders be able to legally access assisted suicide or euthanasia? There are many compelling answers to that…Read More
Sir John Graham Lecture 2013 | The Illusion of Neutrality
Why maintaining diversity in our public discourse enriches democracy The public square is not a neutral space. New Zealand’s current…Read More
What about Waitangi? Discussing the Treaty’s role in how we are governed
On Monday, 15 April, Maxim Institute held a free public panel discussion, considering different perspectives on the place of the…Read More
Soundbites and Stereotypes: What would it take to improve our public debate in New Zealand?
What would it take to improve our public debate in New Zealand? In November, Maxim Institute co-hosted a public lecture…Read More
Sir John Graham Lecture 2012 | Can the Ruler Truly Be a Servant?
The paradox of constitutional government Democracy is a remarkable constitutional idea. With the New Zealand constitution up for review, it…Read More
Scraps of paper? Preparing New Zealand for the Constitutional Review
Reviewing New Zealand’s constitution raises some big questions. Is our constitution just a collection of disparate scraps of paper? Do…Read More
A tale of two houses: Does MMP mean we don’t need an upper house?
Australian public law expert, Professor Nicholas Aroney, explores the pros and cons of one house and two house parliamentary systems,…Read More
The heart of policy: Rethinking social justice for the sake of our most vulnerable
Sometimes it seems as though politics is simply about winning arguments and scoring points. But at the heart of politics…Read More
Sir John Graham Lecture 2008 | Parliamentary Recklessness
Professor Jeremy Waldron holds degrees in philosophy and law from the University of Otago and a doctorate in jurisprudence from…Read More