Andrew Geddis

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Andrew Geddis

Andrew Geddis is an Associate Professor of Election law at the University of Otago in New Zealand.[1]


Andrew Geddis completed his undergraduate work at the University of Otago, studying law and political studies. In 1996 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Harvard Law School, where he completed his LLM degree. In 2000 he returned to Otago to take up a lecturing position. He was appointed an Associate Professor in 2007.

Geddis currently teaches Public Law at the 200 level, as well as the 300-400 level papers “Law and the Democratic Process” and “Bills of Rights: Theory and Practice”. In addition, he is the coordinator for the second year course. His research interests lie in the field of public law, rights jurisprudence and democratic theory, with a particular focus on the legal regulation of elections.

Andrew Geddis is a member of the Legislation Advisory Committee, and has provided advice on several occasions to parliament’s Justice and Electoral Committee and Privileges Committee. He is also a regular contributor to the opinion pages of the country’s newspapers.


March 1994 - member of Dunedin International Socialist Organisation, spoke at Canterbury University on Racism. [2]

1994 - Dunedin contact for International Socialists. [3]

1995 - article in Issue 1 Socialist Worker - "Why You Should Join the Socialists".

1995 - Otago University Education Action Group and Socialist Worker Editorial Collective.[4]

1995 - article in Socialist Worker No2 on firefighters.

1997 - Article In Socialist Worker No 30, with Ashley Lavelle on NZ First.

Legislation Advisory Committee

2005 - Attorney-General Margaret Wilson appointed Andrew Geddis, law lecturer, Otago, to the Legislation Advisory Committee.

Legal writing

1990's Wrote with Caroline Morris "Election 2002 - legal issues" New Zealand Law Journal 332 (2002) pp 332-334.

In 2001 Geddis was given the Wallace Award by the New Zealand Electoral Commission for the best academic paper, monograph or book on electoral matters published in the previous year.

Recent Publications include;

  • Democratic visions and third party independent expenditures: a comparative view, Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law, 9 5-107 (2001). Drawing on a set of "visions" of the democratic process, this article examines the ways in which the USA, Canada, and the United Kingdom seek to regulate the participation of "third parties" in their elections.
  • "Hide behind the targets, in front of all the people we serve: New Zealand election law and the problem of '‘faceless' donations", Public Law Review, 12(1) 51-68 (2001). This article describes the problem of anonymous donations to New Zealand's political parties, and prescribes a set of legislative solutions.
  • "The 'more speech - more competition' solution: campaign finance reform after McCain-Feingold", Journal of Law and Politics, 19 (2001) (forthcoming). In the wake of the 2000 election campaign in the USA, this article examines the decline of electoral competition in that country and proposes a system of public funding to help reinvigorate the election process.
  • "Confronting the 'problem' of third party expenditures in United Kingdom Election Law", Brooklyn Journal of International Law, 27 (2001) (forthcoming). This article considers the effectiveness of recent legislative moves in the United Kingdom placing additional controls on "third party" participation, and whether these provisions are open to challenge under the Human Rights Act 1998.
  • "Towards a system of taxpayer funding for New Zealand elections?", Otago Law Review, 10 (2002) (forthcoming)

This article critically evaluates whether or not a system of taxpayer funding for the election campaigns of the political parties ought to be introduced in New Zealand.

Work in Progress;

  • 'Regulating New Zealand's party funding in an MMP environment", presentation to the 3rd annual Money and Politics Institute, Florence, Italy, October 2001.
  • "Democratic Visions and Election Campaign Financing: A Comparative View", SJD Thesis, Harvard Law School

External links


  1. Geddis's faculty profile
  2. Told to JM by M Keenan
  3. Critic Vol 70 No 12
  4. SW No 4