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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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Short Cuts Info | Not a common law

By Danielle van Dalen


Where in the world is this practice legal? How often is this considered by other jurisdictions? Of a total 252…

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New Zealanders need to inspect details of End of Life Choice Bill

By Alex Penk


MEDIA RELEASE: Thursday, 14 December 2017 With the End of Life Choice Bill now voted through to Select Committee stage,…

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We deserve the whole story on euthanasia laws

By Danielle van Dalen


Like New Zealand, some of our neighbours across the ditch have recently been debating whether to legalise euthanasia and assisted…

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Three strikes, out

By Alex Penk


The “Three Strikes” legislation is going to be struck out. The new Government has promised to repeal the law in…

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What is the number?

By Alex Penk


Anyone advocating for euthanasia or assisted suicide should have to answer this question: How many wrongful deaths is Parliament prepared…

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The tragedy of Brittany Maynard

The tragedy of Brittany Maynard

By Jane Silloway Smith


As a society, we cannot allow the value of life to be defined solely by a subjective, individual perception of…

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2014 | When Freedoms Collide


A society that values freedom of thought will inevitably find itself at the intersection of competing views of freedom. What…

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MMP Review a crushing disappointment

MMP Review a crushing disappointment

By Keiran Madden


Justice Minister Judith Collins recently dismissed adopting any of the changes to our electoral system recommended by the Electoral Commission’s…

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The rule of law, democracy and economic freedom

The rule of law, democracy and economic freedom


Is New Zealand the freest nation in the world? Two international freedom rankings have been published recently, with New Zealand…

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Guest Book Review: The Spirit Level

Guest Book Review: The Spirit Level

By Guest Author


The Spirit Level, published in 2009, argues that what matters for human well-being is not ongoing increases in average income,…

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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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Submission: <em>Crimes (Repeal of Seditious Offences) Amendment Bill</em>

Submission: Crimes (Repeal of Seditious Offences) Amendment Bill


Maxim Institute believes that seditious offences protect a vital interest, one that is central to our democracy, and when they…

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Submission: <em>Prostitution Law Review Committee</em>

Submission: Prostitution Law Review Committee


Maxim Institute believes that all forms of prostitution are harmful to all who are engaged in them and that street…

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Policy Paper: <em>Hate Speech</em>

Policy Paper: Hate Speech


This policy paper identifies the competing rights that the legislature will be required to balance in its consideration of “hate…

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