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Professor Andrew Geddis

staff_large_geddis_andrewAndrew 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 SSRN.

Research Interests

Election Law, Constitutional Theory, Rights Law, Contract Law

Contact

Office 10th Floor – 10C11
Tel +64 3 479 8864
Email andrew.geddis@otago.ac.nz

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Publications

Shiels, T., & Geddis, A. (2019). Tracking the pendulum swing on legislative entrenchment in New Zealand. Statute Law Review. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/slr/hmz006

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., & 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

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. (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

Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

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

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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Authored Book - Research

Geddis, A. (2014). Electoral law in New Zealand: Practice and policy (2nd ed.). Wellington, New Zealand: LexisNexis, 325p.

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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. (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.

Geddis, A. (2011). Inter-institutional 'Rights Dialogue' under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. In T. Campbell, K. D. Ewing & A. Tomkins (Eds.), The legal protection of human rights: Sceptical essays. (pp. 87-107). Oxford University Press.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Geddis, A. (2013). You can't say 'God' on the radio: Freedom of expression, religious advertising and the broadcast media after Murphy v. Ireland [Reprint from European Human Rights Law Review, 9(2) (2004): 181-192]. In A. Koltay (Ed.), Butterfly upon a wheel? Selected papers on free speech and on free press. (pp. 207-218). Budapest, Hungary: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Media Studies Research Group.

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Journal - Research Article

Shiels, T., & Geddis, A. (2019). Tracking the pendulum swing on legislative entrenchment in New Zealand. Statute Law Review. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/slr/hmz006

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

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

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

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

Tucker, K., & Geddis, A. (2015). Litigating for the right to die. New Zealand Law Journal, 5, 172-175, 202.

Geddis, A. (2015). Law and New Zealand's 2014 election campaign. Otago Law Review, 14(1), 117-145.

Geddis, A. (2015). Aid in dying in the Hight Court: Seales v Attorney General. Policy Quarterly, 11(3), 27-29.

Geddis, A. (2014). Dedicated indigenous representation in New Zealand's parliament. Public Law Review, 25, 240-244.

Geddis, A. (2013). Freedom of expression and civility in the New Zealand Supreme Court. Common Law World Review, 42, 324-350. doi: 10.1350/clwr.2013.42.4.0258

Palmer, J., & Geddis, A. (2012). What was that thing you said? The NZ Supreme Court's vexing Vector Gas decision. University of Queensland Law Journal, 31(2), 287-305.

Geddis, A. (2011). Prisoner voting and rights deliberation: How New Zealand's Parliament failed. New Zealand Law Review, 443-474.

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Journal - Research Other

Geddis, A. (2019). Prisoner voting in New Zealand's Supreme Court. Public Law Review, 30(3), 3-6. [Commentary].

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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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Geddis, A. (2013). Dissent, the Bill of Rights Act and the Supreme Court. New Zealand Journal of Public & International Law, 11(1), (pp. 55-72). [Full Paper]

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