Law & Government

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.

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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…

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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…

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2013 | <em>The Illusion of Neutrality</em>

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…

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What about Waitangi? Discussing the Treaty’s role in how we are governed

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…

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Soundbites and Stereotypes: What would it take to improve our public debate in New Zealand?

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…

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2012 | <em>Can the Ruler Truly Be a Servant?</em>

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…

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Scraps of paper? Preparing New Zealand for the Constitutional Review

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…

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A tale of two houses: Does MMP mean we don’t need an upper house?

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,…

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The heart of policy: Rethinking social justice for the sake of our most vulnerable

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…

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2008 | <em>Parliamentary Recklessness</em>

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…

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