NZCCL Meeting Dates for 2014

The Committee of the NZ Council for Civil Liberties make its monthly meetings open to anyone who wishes to attend.

This is a list of the meeting dates for 2014.

Civil Rights and Liberties – What the Constitutional Advisory Panel had to say in its Report

NZ Council for Civil Liberties welcomed the opportunity presented by the Constitutional “Conversation” to consider how civil liberties might be strengthened through changes to New Zealand's constitutional arrangements.

The terms of reference for the Constitutional Advisory Panel established by the Government were to encourage people to become better informed and share their views about New Zealand's constitutional arrangements, and the Panel was asked to look for areas of broad consensus where further work could be done.

Report: NZ Bill of Rights - Continuing the conversation

This was an informative seminar hosted on the 3rd June 2014 by the Attorney-General, Hon Chris Finlayson QC; a very welcome continuation to the Conversation on New Zealand's constitutional arrangements. The three speakers had very different bill of rights experience.

 

Praise for Privacy Act revamp - but fears too

The Government has announced that it will repealing the current Privacy Act, passed in 1993, and replacing it a new one, partly based on the the Law Commission's 2011 report.

Note that this will be a repeal and re-enactment rather than merely an amendment, so we can expect the changes to be significant.

The government's press release calls out the following changes:

Claudia Geiringer Inaugural Lecture - Human Rights

This lecture was particularly informative as well as being very entertaining. The link provides an insightful look at the origins of the NZ Bill of Rights Act as well as the nuances and challenges associated with it. Importantly, it also looks towards the future and how progress may continue to be made [albeit rather slowly at times].

Video of Claudia Geiringer's inaugural lecture.

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