Professor Philip Joseph joins freedom of expression case
Because the issues are so important, Professor Philip Joseph, author of New Zealand’s leading textbook on constitutional and administrative law, volunteered to support the Union for Freedom of Speech’s lead advocate, Jack Hodder QC to the Supreme Court in his appeal against the ban on Canadian Lecturers from places owned by Auckland Council. The Union for Freedom of Expression is encouraged by this citizens’ initiative.
Union spokesperson Dr David Cumin said: “We believe the problems should be simple. The effects of Thug’s Veto are clear. Our Court of Appeal has recognized that the Supreme Courts of the United States and Canada have grappled with the issue – how far let threats of violence outweigh free speech rights. New Zealand Supreme Court justices should expect the opportunity to discuss this area of law and how to clarify it with a distinguished constitutional scholar, as well as with Mr Hodder. “
On Monday, the Free Speech Union announced its request for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court, prompted in part by recent events of a New Zealand feminist group being banned from multiple councils because what they might say about a bill before Parliament could offend Parliament. and therefore constitute threats to the “health and safety” of civil servants.
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