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

24 Oct 2016

Gabrielle Appleby writes in the Sydney Morning Herald on George Brandis and the government playing short-term politics at the expense of long-term good government

24 Oct 2016

Grant Hoole writes on remedial discretion in constitutional cases for the I-CONnect blog

10 Oct 2016

Gabrielle Appleby writes in The Conversation on the stand off between the Attorney-General and Solicitor-General

10 Oct 2016

Gabrielle Appleby makes a submission to the Senate Legal and  Constitutional Affairs Reference  Committee on the Nature and scope of the consultations prior to the making of the Legal Services Amendment (Solicitor-General Opinions) Direction 2016

10 Oct 2016

The 2015 High Court Statistics by Andrew Lynch and George Williams published in the UNSW Law Journal

5 Oct 2016

George Williams to speak on gender equality among barristers before the High Court in Canberra on 11 October


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Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW and Public Law and Policy Research Unit, University of Adelaide


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