criminal law

Faced with substantial costs and waiting lists in fertility clinics, increasing numbers of NZ women are turning to ‘freelance’ sperm donors. Now some of them are complaining about the conduct of one of those donors. But is this a problem the law can fix?

This week, TVNZ’s Sunday programme led with a feature about sperm donation. Specifically, about a ‘freelance’ sperm donor, going by the name Tauranga Tony. Real name Tony Ross, he has donated sperm to a number of women. Quite a large number, apparently.

The makers of app LegalFling claim it creates a "legally binding contract" for sex that can result in remedies for breach, including enforcement of penalty clauses. I think it doesn't.

The Dutch company LegalThings is developing an app called LegalFling. The basic idea is that it allows two people to record their consent to sexual contact, including details like whether or not condoms are required, whether explicit language (vaguely defined as “language that may be considered offensive”) can be used, and whether BDSM and photo and video recording is OK.

Claire Browning joins the team

You have read Claire Browning's work before—she has been contributing pieces to Your Punt for the past five months. Today we are delighted to welcome her to our stable of Pundits.

Claire, a policy analyst and freelance writer, writes on gardening, food, sustainability, politics and criminal law.

Virender Singh's time in the limelight raises the question – just what should we be allowed to do to "defend" ourselves?

The decision by two Justices of the Peace to throw out charges against South Auckland liquor store owner Virender Singh has been widely applauded.