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June 5, 2018

Ireland voted by a two-thirds majority in a public referendum to repeal the ban on abortion on 25 May. For the past 35 years, abortions have been prohibited in Ireland under the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution. The strict Irish law resulted in many women being forced to travel overseas to have access to […]

April 16, 2018

A new study backed by the Law Foundation is set to assess whether the new processes being trialled in the sexual violence court pilot are making it less traumatising for complainants to give evidence. The sexual violence court is a list of cases within the district court that covers serious sexual violence allegations where the […]

March 19, 2018

A new law programme is set to be on offer at the University of Victoria in Canada, UVic. It will be the first of its kind, offering students the chance to intensively study both Indigenous and non-Indigenous law.  The programme builds on what UVic has been doing for a number of years to further the […]

March 5, 2018

The National Party Caucus has elected Simon Bridges as leader of the National Party, announced Tuesday 27 February. Bridges was confirmed as the new National leader after two ballot votes were held. Protocol for the selection of leadership in the National Party dictates that if no outright majority emerges after the first round of the […]

February 26, 2018

Cyclone Gita struck the Pacific last week, devastating areas in Tonga and Samoa. Fortunately, Gita was downgraded to an ex-tropical cyclone before reaching New Zealand last Tuesday morning. Gita’s landfall the day before the Pacific Climate Change Conference in Wellington acted as a timely  reminder of the more volatile weather events climate change will induce. […]