Was the 2020 US election conducted properly? Will mail-in ballots be counted, and will that count be allowed to stand? Will, the US Supreme Court, decide the final outcome? And what, in any case, will become of American democracy? In this urgent and timely event, University of Auckland lecturers use the lenses of law, political science, and psychology to explain this contested election and discuss the implications of the final outcome.


Timothy Kuhner is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Auckland. He is an expert in constitutional law, corruption, political finance, and law & society.

Maria Armoudian is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland. She studies media, politics, and law, particularly in the areas of human rights, the environment, and good governance.

Danny Osborne is an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Auckland. His research is broadly situated in the overlap between political psychology and intergroup relations.

Scott Optican is an Associate Professor in Law at the University of Auckland. He specializes in evidence, criminal procedure, and comparative criminal procedure, and has written widely on criminal justice and policing issues arising under the New Zealand Bill of Rights.

This event was held at the University of Auckland Law Faculty.



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