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Sexual Assault Charges Against New Zealand Cruise Passenger Dropped

Unfortunately, cruise ship rape and sexual assault continue to be a problem at sea. This week, charges were dropped against a Elias Azzi, who was accused of sexually violating a woman aboard the Ovation of the Seas. The courts cited … Continue reading

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Parliamentary Petitions Move Online in Australia and New Zealand

I recently saw a tweet from the Twitter account of the New Zealand Parliament regarding the launch of an electronic petitions system. I’m not sure if the Australian House of Representatives social media people also read that tweet, but the next … Continue reading

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New resource on New Zealand conflict of laws

The University of Otago recently set up an online platform dedicated to the conflict of laws in New Zealand: www.otago.ac.nz/conflicts/index.html The platform includes (1) a reference database of New Zealand scholarship on the conflict of laws, originally created by Professor Elsabe Schoeman at … Continue reading

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A Profile of Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorneys

As of 24 February 2017, Australian and New Zealand patent attorneys (collectively ‘Trans-Tasman Patent Attorneys’) have been subject to a single joint regulatory and disciplinary regime administered by the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board (‘the Board’).  Among other things, the Board … Continue reading

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French Cruise Passenger Charged With Smuggling 24 Kg of Cocaine Into New Zealand

Drug traffickers often look to cruise ships when attempting to subvert customs officials. However, the authorities are becoming increasingly skilled at detecting drugs and other illegal substances. This week, a 26-year-old man was arrested and charged with smuggling 24 kg … Continue reading

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