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Don’t leave law to the lawyers

By Alex Penk


One day, a man called John Entick was at home when in walked Nathan Carrington and three other government agents….

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Maxim Institute’s parliamentary term submission

Maxim Institute’s parliamentary term submission

By Keiran Madden


We have just released our submission to the Constitutional Advisory Panel arguing that it’s time for a fixed four-year parliamentary…

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Constitution Conversation – NZCPL lectures

Constitution Conversation – NZCPL lectures

By Keiran Madden


The constitution should not, as J.C. Beaghole put it in New Zealand and the Statute of Westminster, be “some silk-wrapped…

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Constitutional Theory for the Constitutional Review

Constitutional Theory for the Constitutional Review

By Research Fellow


What is the history of New Zealand’s constitution? What is the nature and purpose of a constitution? What is the…

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Introducing the Constitutional Conversation

Introducing the Constitutional Conversation

By Keiran Madden


After years of anticipation and discussion, the public consultation phase of the cross-party constitutional review is now officially underway. Not…

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The Paradox of Constitutional Government

The Paradox of Constitutional Government


Watching the drama of “Obama-care” unfold from a 14,000 kilometre distance it was easy to think the debate was about…

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Annual Sir John Graham Lecture 2012: Can the ruler truly be a servant?

Annual Sir John Graham Lecture 2012: Can the ruler truly be a servant?


Political power, which can so easily be abused, is supposed to be exercised, checked and limited by the very people…

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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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In Search of Better Law-making

In Search of Better Law-making

By Guest Author


Despite good intentions of improving the quality of laws that are passed in Parliament, the Regulatory Responsibility Bill is a…

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