Podcasts and webinars

Indigenous peoples and COVID-19

In this series of webinars, Dr Carwyn Jones—in collaboration with the Māori Law Review and with support from the Aotearoa New Zealand Centre for Indigenous Peoples and the Law—focuses on the experiences of Indigenous Peoples in the context of COVID-19 and state responses to the pandemic, particularly considering issues of law and justice.

Lex and Lore

We all know LEX is Latin for law, and LORE represents what’s interesting about the law—the gossip, the intrigue, the debates! In this podcast, you'll explore the development of the "new legal system" in New Zealand with Geoff McLay, Barrister, Professor of Law at Victoria University of Wellington and Editor of the New Zealand Law Reports, as he dissects cases and judgments with esteemed colleagues and legal experts.

The legal low-down on the lockdown

In this series of podcasts convened by Professor Geoff McLay, academics from Victoria University of Wellington discuss the legal implications of the government’s response to COVID-19 and ongoing developments.

Part 1

Presented by Marcin Betkier, Eddie Clark, Joel Colón-Ríos, Dean Knight, Nessa Lynch.

Subjects discussed

  • states of emergency and the constitution
  • the lockdown legal regime
  • the criminal justice system
  • privacy
  • keeping democracy amidst COVID-19.
Part 2

Presented by Eddie Clark, Dean Knight, Nessa Lynch, Geoff McLay.

Subjects discussed

  • the High Court decision on the legality of the lockdown—A v Ardern
  • the legal foundation of the lockdown and alert levels
  • enforcing the lockdown
  • Government accountability now and in the future.
Part 3

Presented by Eddie Clark, Dean Knight, Nessa Lynch, Geoff McLay.

Subjects discussed

  • the rules under alert level 3
  • disconnect between bubble rules and government messaging
  • police warnings and COVID-19 rule breaches
  • criminal courts and human rights
  • the Attorney-General, policymaking and COVID-19
  • were New Zealand citizens ever going to be banned from coming home?
  • the return to Parliament
Part 4

Presented by Claudia Geiringer, Eddie Clark, Dean Knight, Nessa Lynch, Yvette Tinsley.

Subjects discussed

  • A & B v Ardern habeas corpus appeal
  • Borrowdale v Director-General judicial review
  • compassionate exemption from quarantine refusal being overturned
  • what's been happening in parliament
  • police powers, accountability and criminal justice—the delay in criminal courts and bringing back jury trials
Part 5

Presented by Geoff McLay, Petra Butler, Eddie Clark, Dean Knight, Nessa Lynch.

Subjects discussed

  • lockdown legality and why it matters
  • new COVID-19 Public Health Measures Act (process, framework and enforcement)
  • new alert level 2 rules
Part 6

Presented by Geoff McLay, Nessa Lynch, Eddie Clark, Dean Knight.

Subjects discussed

  • criminal court protocols under alert level 2—balancing expediency with procedural rights
  • state surveillance, social licence and facial recognition technology
  • new alert level 2 words—will we ever really replace ‘bubbles’?
  • are church services allowed as “services” or banned as ‘gatherings’?
  • update on what didn’t happen in the Borrowdale case this week
  • happenings around Parliament—COVID-19 Public Health Response Act and the Epidemic Response Committee
  • document dumps and government openness
Part 7

Presented by Geoff McLay, Nessa Lynch, Eddie Clark, Dean Knight, Joel Colón-Ríos.

Subjects discussed

  • what’s been the most striking feature/thing for you during lockdown?
  • what’s been the most surprising feature/thing?
  • what’s the main lesson for the future?
COVID-19 and domestic law

Presented by Professor Gordon Anderson, Māmari Stephens, Dr Ruiping Ye, Victoria Stace.

Subjects discussed

  • Employment
  • Social Welfare
  • Residential tenancies and commercial leases
  • Insolvency
COVID-19 and international law—Part 1

Presented by Professor Geoff McLay, Professor Alberto Costi, Dr Michelle Zang, Professor Susy Frankel, Dr Bjørn-Oliver Magsig, Professor Joanna Mossop.

Subjects discussed

  • UN and WHO
  • Trade law
  • Intellectual property
  • Environmental law
  • Law of the sea
COVID-19 and international law—Part 2

Presented by Professor Petra Butler, Professor Alberto Costi, Professor Joanna Mossop, Dr Bjørn-Oliver Magsig.

Subjects discussed

  • US threat to stop funding the activities of, and withdraw from, the WHO
  • Call for an independent inquiry into the outbreak of COVID-19
  • Effects of border closures on the resettlement of UN refugees
  • COVID-19 vaccines in the face of international patent law and public health
  • When global demand for a vaccine spurs innovation patents should not stand in the way of equitable access, but they may do
  • COVID-19 and flags of convenience
  • The impact of COVID-19 on international negotiations for a new oceans treaty
  • COVID-19 and climate change
  • The need for ‘cooperative sovereignty’ to bridge the gap between (in)action and responsibility