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.

Latest news

1 Feb 2016

Melissa Crouch writes on vigilante violence against minority religious communities in Indonesia in the Sydney Morning Herald

18 Jan 2016

Shipra Chordia and Andrew Lynch publish ‘Constitutional Incongruence: Explaining The Failure Of The Council Of The Australian Federation’ in (2015) 43 Federal Law Review 339-367

14 Dec 2015

Video and audio webcasts now available of panel discussion Native Title and Indigenous Empowerment, featuring Val Cooms and Jason Behrendt and editors of the book Native Title From Mabo to Akiba

14 Dec 2015

Rebecca Ananian-Welsh, Keiran Hardy, Andrew Lynch, Nicola McGarrity, Noam Peleg and Tamara Tulich make a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security Inquiry on Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

14 Dec 2015

Keiran Hardy writes for the AUSPUBLAW blog on the benefits and risks of releasing government data as open data

14 Dec 2015

Andrew Lynch and Gabrielle Appleby make a submission to the Judicial Appointments Review conducted by the Queensland Government


January 2016

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW and the Public Law and Policy Research Unit, University of Adelaide
Friday, February 12, 2016
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law


Click here to access AUSPUBLAW, the Australian Public Law Blog, a collaborative blogging project bringing readers expert commentary and analysis on recent cases and legislative change as well as updates on the latest research and scholarship in Australian public law. Proudly hosted by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law.


Click here to see a selection of conference papers from the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law


Click here to see a selection of past webcasts including the 2015 Constitutional Law Conference