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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19 Apr 2017

On the AUSPUBLAW blog in April so far:  Anna Olijnyk on State tribunals and judicial power, Tony Blackshield on the Bob Day disqualification decision, Yee-Fui Ng on a foreign political donations ban, and the April public law events update

10 Apr 2017

Applications are open for one UNSW Law student to enrol in Semester 2 in the Sir Anthony Mason Research Project in Constitutional Law (closing 25 April). Click here for more details and the application form

27 Mar 2017

Gabrielle Appleby, A.J. Brown, Adam Graycar, Grant Hoole and Anthony Whealy submit a discussion paper to Australia Policy Online on 'Strengthening Australia’s national integrity system: priorities for reform'. Paper also mentioned in the Mandarin

22 Mar 2017

On the AUSPUBLAW blog in March so far: Cate Bond on flag-burning in Australia, Matthew Butt on Centrelink’s ‘robodebt’ system and administrative law, Conor Gearty on human rights after Brexit, Byron Karemba on the prerogative after the Miller case in the UK, and the regular update on public law events

22 Mar 2017

February highlights from the AUSPUBLAW blog: Tony Blackshield on Senator Culleton’s disqualification, Heather Roberts on the significance of Kiefel CJ’s swearing-in ceremony and Jessie Blackbourn’s comparative piece on the UK’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

13 Mar 2017

Videos of each session of the 2017 Constitutional Law Conference are now available on the event site. Some papers and powerpoint slides are also available


December 2016


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