Professor Philip Joseph Joins Free Speech Court Case

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Because the issues are so important, Professor Philip
Joseph, the author of New Zealand’s leading textbook on
Constitutional and Administrative Law, has volunteered to
support the Free Speech Union’s lead barrister Jack Hodder
QC before the Supreme Court in its appeal relating to the
banning of controversial Canadian speakers from Auckland
Council-owned venues. The Free Speech Union is heartened by
this public-spirited move.

Union spokesman, Dr David
Cumin, says “We think the issues should be
straightforward. The effects of the Thug’s Veto are clear.
Our Court of Appeal acknowledged that the Supreme Courts of
the US and Canada have grappled with the question – how far
to let threats of violence override free speech rights. New
Zealand’s Supreme Court judges should look forward to an
opportunity to discuss this area of law and how to clarify
it with an eminent specialist constitutional lawyer, as well
as Mr Hodder.”

On Monday the Free Speech Union
announced its application for leave to appeal to the Supreme
Court, prompted in part by the recent events of a New
Zealand feminist group being banned from multiple councils
because what they might say on a proposed law before
Parliament could cause offence and therefore pose ‘health
and safety’ threats to

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