Associate-Professor Joel Colón-Rios
"Finding the People in the New Zealand Constitution"
Democracy means ‘rule by the people’, and we all think we live in a democracy. However, in what sense can one say that ‘the people’ rules in a contemporary society like New Zealand, where the formal participation of ‘the people’ in the making of political decisions is limited to the exercise of the right to vote in periodical electoral events (and where, once elected, representatives are not legally bound by the views of their constituents)?
In this talk, Joel Colón-Ríos will consider the ways in which different constitutions have dealt with this question, and invite us to reflect on whether New Zealand’s constitutional system provides a satisfactory answer to it. Joel is Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Research at the Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington. Before joining Victoria in 2010, Joel was an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, where he also completed his doctoral studies.
5.30pm Registration & Arrival Drink
Presentation & drink only $10.00
Presentation & dinner $50.00