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Professor Andrew Geddis

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Contact

Tel +64 3 479 8864
Office 10th Floor – 10C6
Email andrew.geddis@otago.ac.nz

Background

Andrew Geddis studied law and political studies at Otago University before attending Harvard Law School on a Fulbright Scholarship, where he completed his LLM degree.

Andrew currently teaches parts of The Legal System and Public Law courses, as well as the “Law and the Democratic Process” and “Bills of Rights: Theory and Practice” papers. His research interests lie in the field of public law, rights jurisprudence and democratic theory, with a particular focus on the legal regulation of elections. He serves as the Faculty’s co-ordinator of external affairs.

Andrew's extensive media commentary on matters of public importance was recognised by his winning the 2019 Critic and Conscience of Society award. He writes frequent posts for pundit.co.nz, thespinoff.co.nz and rnz.co.nz.

In 2017, Andrew's article, "The Trans-Pacific Partnership in New Zealand's Constitution" won both the Sir Ian Barker Published Article Award and the Rex Mason Prize for Excellence in Legal Writing. His research may be viewed on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).

Research interests

Election Law, Constitutional Theory, Rights Law, Contract Law

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Publications

Geiringer, C., & Geddis, A. (2020). Judicial deference and emergency power: A perspective on Borrowdale v Director-General. Public Law Review, 31, 376-383.

Young, J., & Geddis, A. (2020). Vox populi, vox Dei? Previewing New Zealand's public decision on assisted dying. Journal of Law & Medicine, 27, 937-951.

Shiels, T., & Geddis, A. (2020). Tracking the pendulum swing on legislative entrenchment in New Zealand. Statute Law Review, 41(2), 207-225. doi: 10.1093/slr/hmz006

Orr, G., & Geddis, A. (2020). Islands in the storm? Responses to foreign electoral interference in Australia and New Zealand. Election Law Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1089/elj.2020.0656

Geddis, A., & Latu, A. (2020). Unlawful commands, Bills of Rights, and the common law. New Zealand Law Journal, (December), 393-396, 398.

Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Geddis, A., & Rodriguez Ferrere, M. B. (2020). New Zealand. In R. Albert, D. Landau, P. Faraguna & S. Drugda (Eds.), 2019 Global Review of Constitutional Law. (pp. 239-243). I•CONnect and the Clough Center. Retrieved from https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3736382

Geddis, A., & Rodriguez Ferrere, M. B. (2019). New Zealand. In 2018 Global Review of Constitutional Law. (pp. 209-213). I•CONnect and the Clough Center. Retrieved from https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3471638&download=yes

Geddis, A., & Rodriguez Ferrere, M. B. (2018). New Zealand: The state of liberal democracy. In R. Albert, D. Landau, P. Faraguna & S. Drugda (Eds.), 2017 Global Review of Constitutional Law. (pp. 199-203). I•CONnect and the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy. Retrieved from https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3215613

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Other Research Output

Geddis, A. and Geiringer, C. (2020, April). Is New Zealand's COVID-19 lockdown lawful?. UK Constitutional Law blog. Retrieved from https://ukconstitutionallaw.org/2020/04/27/andrew-geddis-and-claudia-geiringer-is-new-zealands-covid-19-lockdown-lawful/

Geddis, A. (2020, May). The New Zealand lockdown and the law. Admin Law Blog. Retrieved from https://adminlawblog.org/2020/05/11/andrew-geddis-the-new-zealand-lockdown-and-the-law

Rodriguez Ferrere, M. & Geddis, A. (2019, June). The New Zealand ourt of Appeal on extradiction to the PRC [UK Constitutional Law Association]. Retrieved from https://wp.me/p1cVqo-1KW

Geddis, A. (2017, June). "Declarations of inconsistency" under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. UK Constitutional Law blog. Retrieved from https://ukconstitutionallaw.org/2017/06/19/andrew-geddis-declarations-of-inconsistency-under-the-new-zealand-bill-of-rights-act-1990/

Geddis, A. (2016, March). New Zealand's experience with an "ordinary law" Bill of Rights Act. Submission to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee, Queensland Parliament, Brisbane, Australia. [Government Submission].

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Chapter in Book - Research

Geddis, A., & Geddis, E. (2019). Addressing terrorism in New Zealand's low threat environment. In I. Cram (Ed.), Extremism, free speech and counter-terrorism law and policy. (pp. 172-209). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Geddis, A., & Ruru, J. (2019). Places as persons: Creating a new framework for Māori-Crown relations. In J. N. E. Varuhas & S. W. Stark (Eds.), The frontiers of public law. (pp. 255-274). Oxford, UK: Hart.

Geddis, A. (2017). The philosophical underpinnings of human rights. In M. Bedggood, K. Gledhill & I. McIntosh (Eds.), International human rights law in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 19-60). Wellington, New Zealand: Thomson Reuters.

Geddis, A. (2015). The judiciary. In J. Hayward (Ed.), New Zealand government and politics. (6th ed.) (pp. 165-176). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Shiels, T., & Geddis, A. (2020). Tracking the pendulum swing on legislative entrenchment in New Zealand. Statute Law Review, 41(2), 207-225. doi: 10.1093/slr/hmz006

Geddis, A., & Latu, A. (2020). Unlawful commands, Bills of Rights, and the common law. New Zealand Law Journal, (December), 393-396, 398.

Geiringer, C., & Geddis, A. (2020). Judicial deference and emergency power: A perspective on Borrowdale v Director-General. Public Law Review, 31, 376-383.

Orr, G., & Geddis, A. (2020). Islands in the storm? Responses to foreign electoral interference in Australia and New Zealand. Election Law Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1089/elj.2020.0656

White, B. P., Willmott, L., Downie, J., Geddis, A., & Gavaghan, C. (2020). Assisted dying and evidence-based law-making: A critical analysis of an article's role in New Zealand's referendum. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1520), 90-97. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Young, J., & Geddis, A. (2020). Vox populi, vox Dei? Previewing New Zealand's public decision on assisted dying. Journal of Law & Medicine, 27, 937-951.

Geddis, A. (2017). From people's revolution to partisan reform: Recent electoral change in New Zealand. Election Law Journal, 16(2), 222-229. doi: 10.1089/elj.2016.0411

Geddis, A. (2017). The case for allowing aid in dying in New Zealand. New Zealand Criminal Law Review, 3-28.

Geddis, A., & Rodriguez Ferrere, M. B. (2016). Judicial innovation under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act: Lessons for Queensland? University of Queensland Law Journal, 35(2), 251-282.

Geddis, A. (2016). Parliamentary government in New Zealand: Lines of continuity and moments of change. International Journal of Constitutional Law, 14(1), 99-118. doi: 10.1093/icon/mow001

Hailes, O., & Geddis, A. (2016). The Trans-Pacific Partnership in New Zealand's constitution. New Zealand Universities Law Review, 27, 226-262.

Geddis, A., & Gavaghan, C. (2016). Aid in dying in New Zealand: Recent legal developments. Journal of Law & Medicine, 23, 849-863.

Geddis, A. (2016). Rights scrutiny in New Zealand's legislative processes. Theory & Practice of Legislation, 4(3), 355-379. doi: 10.1080/20508840.2017.1289608

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Journal - Research Other

Edgeler, G., & Geddis, A. (2020). The power(lessness) of New Zealand's House of Representatives to summon the Crown's legal advice. Public Law Review, 31, 229-233. [Commentary].

Geddis, A. (2019). [Review of the book The law of politics: Elections, parties and money in Australia]. Australasian Parliamentary Review, 34(1), 102-104. Retrieved from https://www.aspg.org.au/a-p-r-journals-2/

Geddis, A. (2017). Judicial enforcement of New Zealand's reserved provisions. Public Law Review, 28, 289-292. [Commentary].

Geddis, A. (2016). Foreword. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 39(1), 312-317.

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