My latest Socialist Academic Profile looks at Otago University associate law professor, Andrew Geddis.
In the early ’90s, Geddis was active in the Otago University International Socialists, a Trotskyist group led by lecturer Brian Roper.
Geddis was a senior ISer and active protester, mainly with the university’s Education Action Group.
In ’94/95, the IS joined forces with former members of the Stalinoid Communist Party, to form the Socialist Worker’s Organisation.
A good writer, Geddis joined the editorial collective of the SWO’s “Socialist Worker” magazine until around ’97 when the two groups went their seperate ways.
Some of this time Geddis spent overseas as in 1996 he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Harvard Law School. In 2000 he returned to Otago to take up a lecturing position.
Andrew Geddis teaches contract and public law as well as a paper on Law and the Democratic Process. His research interests centre on public law, rights jurisprudence and democratic theory, with a strong focus on the legal regulation of elections.
Geddis is one NZ’s up and coming legal academics and in 2005 Attorney-General Margaret Wilson appointed him to the influential Legislation Advisory Committee.
In this capacity, Geddis provides advice to parliament’s Justice and Electoral Committee and Privileges Committee.
Geddis is a strong advocate of the socialist dream-state funding of political parties and the limitation of private funding of political causes.
He has written several papers on the subjects including “Regulating New Zealand’s Party Funding in an MMP environment”, (2001) and “Towards a System of Taxpayer Funding for New Zealand Elections?” (2002).
Geddis has also written many op-eds on related subjects for NZ’s main newspapers.
If, God forbid, NZ ever adopts state funding of political parties, I think we may lay some of the blame at the feet of this old “Trot” from Otago University.