The Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law in the Faculty of Law plays a prominent, independent role in public debate on issues vital to Australia's future including Charters of Rights, federal reform, reconciliation and native title, refugees and migration law and the challenges of responding to terrorism. The Centre is a focal point for research and discussion of these and other questions of public law for the academic, professional and wider community. The Centre's Members, Postgraduate Students and Visitors seek to actively engage with government, the legal profession and broader community through research, teaching, media and consultancy work and events including conferences and seminars.

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18 Apr 2018

Lisa Burton Crawford and Janina Boughey to lead The Statutes Project, an exciting new Centre project that is part of a broader collaboration with colleagues at other universities

11 Apr 2018

Harry Hobbs and George Williams write for the Sydney Law Review on the Noongar Settlement in southwest Western Australia

11 Apr 2018

Harry Hobbs writes for the Australian Journal of Political Science on developing an inclusive Australian citizenship through Treaty

9 Apr 2018

Applications are open to UG and JD students at UNSW Law for the Sir Anthony Mason Research Project in Constitutional Law in S2 2018. Details and the online application form are here. Applications close on 24 April 2018.

5 Apr 2018

Recently on the AUSPUBLAW blog: Justin Gleeson posts his paper, The High Court on Constitutional Law: The 2017 Term Keynote Address to 2018 Constitutional Law Conference; Tony Blackshield writes on “Exclusive Cognisance” and Cognitive Dissonance: Alley v Gillespie; Lael Weis discusses legislation as a method of constitutional reform; Carolyn Evans writes on religious freedom; plus the April public law events roundup

3 Apr 2018

The keynote address by Justin Gleeson on the 2017 High Court term in constitutional law, from the 2018 Constitutional Law Conference, appears as a blog post on AUSPUBLAW


January 2018


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