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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14 Jun 2018

Lisa Burton Crawford’s The Rule of Law and the Australian Constitution (Federation Press) is the focus of the next UNSW Law Book Forum. The event features, as commentators, Justice Stephen Gageler AC, Professor Martin Krygier (UNSW) and Professor James Stellios (UNSW) plus the author. Registration and other information available here.

14 Jun 2018

Lauren Butterly writes on the battle for Aboriginal legal rights over sea country in the Northern Land Council edition of Land Rights News.

17 May 2018

Recently on the AUSPUBLAW blog: Janina Boughey writes on resolving some ‘anomalies’ and ‘snares’ in judicial review: Probuild Constructions; Amanda Sapienza asks does the ‘Serious Overseas Criminal Matters’ scheme have serious legal issues?; Harry Hobbs and George Williams share thoughts on Australia’s First Treaty; Joe McIntyre comments on What is Administrative Law About? Power, Rights, and Judicial Culture in Australia; Terry Carney writes on Robo-Debt Illegality; plus the May public law events roundup

11 May 2018

Video webcasts of each session at the 2018 Constitutional Law Conference are now available on the event site.

26 Apr 2018

Melissa Crouch on the Talking Indonesia podcast about ongoing challenges with political uses of the blasphemy law and the impending Constitutional Court decision on its constitutionality

26 Apr 2018

Centre member Lauren Butterly and UNSW colleague Lucas Lixinski make a submission on Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Law Reforms in NSW


January 2018


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