A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand keeps court structures as they are, but proposes some additional safeguards for judicial independence.
Continue reading Preserving judicial independence
Would the Constitution Aotearoa NZ proposals just create a United States-style system, where Supreme Court judges decide everything that is important? The answer is no, according to Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Why our proposals won’t create a US-style constitution
New Zealand’s system of checks and balances on state power is sadly insufficient, write Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Strengthening checks and balances on state power
Granting judges a right to invalidate legislation will strengthen the rule of law while leaving lawmaking power in Parliament’s hands, argue Geoffrey Palmer and Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Why judicial oversight is nothing to fear
The discriminatory nature of New Zealand’s adoption laws shows the importance of constitutional protection for human rights, says Wellington lawyer Joss Opie
Continue reading Adoption laws and the case for a written constitution
The Bill of Rights should be included in a written constitution to ensure Parliament cannot legislate away human rights, argue Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Why the Bill of Rights Act should be in NZ’s constitution
Is it okay for Parliament to limit human rights without bothering to consult the people affected?
Continue reading When Parliament sets aside your rights
It’s time for New Zealand to have a constitution that is accessible and clear, say Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler.
Continue reading Why New Zealand needs a written constitution
Neither the current Bill of Rights Act nor the proposed constitution provide enough protection for basic rights and freedoms, argues Dr Gavin Ellis
Continue reading Who should guard the Constitution?
Britain’s confusion over Brexit highlights the difficulties that can arise when constitutional principles are unclear, writes Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Continue reading Do the British understand their own unwritten constitution?