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Marriage Equality in New Zealand – Part II: Public Interest Litigation

Guest Contributor 3rd May 2013

By Max Harris Editor’s Note: Last week, Max Harris examined the religious exemptions of New Zealand’s recently passed Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013.  Today, he takes a closer look at the issues that the Act raises about public interest litigation. As noted last week, on April 17, the New Zealand Parliament passed the […]

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Engendering the Judiciary – a South African Perspective

Tarryn Bannister 3rd May 2013

Recent statistics and debates in South Africa highlight that the country’s transformative vision has not stretched as far as the judiciary and legal sector. Since this is the very sector tasked with protecting, interpreting and enforcing the rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights so as to bring about social justice and the transformation of […]

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Marriage Equality in New Zealand – Part I: Religious Exemptions

Guest Contributor 1st May 2013

By Max Harris – On 17 April, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 following a powerful nationwide campaign—led by the Campaign for Marriage Equality, Legalise Love, and others. The Act received Royal Assent from the Governor-General (the standard procedure for legislation in New Zealand) on 19 April and […]

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Killer Robots in the Cross-hairs of New NGO Campaign

Guest Contributor 29th April 2013

By Conor Fortune It has all the trappings of a sci-fi film. A life-size, talking robot stands outside Britain’s Houses of Parliament, flanked by a ponytailed professor of robotics, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and human rights activists who are together calling for action to stop the killer robots – before it’s too late. Only […]

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