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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13 Dec 2017

Paul Kildea writes for UCL’s Constitution Unit Blog on the same-sex marriage postal survey

11 Dec 2017

George Wiliams writes in the Sydney Morning Herald on section 44 of the Constitution

29 Nov 2017

In a big November on the AUSPUBLAW blog: Anne Twomey on Wilkie, the same sex marriage survey case; Luke Beck on the lack of reasons in special leave cases; Anja Hilkemeijer on James Paterson’s discontinued Senate Bill about same sex marriage; Lynsey Blayden’s analysis of local council amalgamations in NSW; Julian R Murphy on Justice Edelman’s originalism; Shipra Chordia on structured proportionality after Brown v Tas; John Eldridge and Tim Matthews on the right to protest after Brown v Tas; and the November events roundup

27 Nov 2017

The program for the 2018 Constitutional Law Conference is now out. Check the flyer and other details at our event page here. The early bird rate for General registration is available until 15 December,

The Hon Justice Stephen Gageler AC will launch Australian Constitutional Values (Hart, 2018) edited by Rosalind Dixon, at the conclusion of the 2018 Constitutional Law Conference on 23 February. Free registration on Eventbrite. More details here.

27 Nov 2017

Congratulations to Lisa Burton Crawford, awarded the 2016 Zines Prize for Excellence in Legal Research by the Federal Law Review. Lisa joins the Centre in the new year and will be speaking at the 2018 Constitutional Law Conference

22 Nov 2017

George Williams writes in the Sydney Morning Herald on the protection of religious liberty in Australia


July 2017

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Law Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW and Public Law and Policy Research Unit, University of Adelaide
Friday, February 23, 2018
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law


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