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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11 Dec 2018

Call for papers for 'Interdisciplinary Workshop on Understanding and Responding to Right Wing Terrorism' to be held at UNSW Law on 15-16 July 2019. Deadline for abstracts is 1 February 2019.

5 Dec 2018

The program for the 2019 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 31 December.

23 Nov 2018

A Submission by Indigenous Members of the Referendum Council (Ms Patricia Anderson AO, Professor Megan Davis and Noel Pearson) and Technical Legal Advisers to the Regional Dialogues (Associate Professor Sean Brennan, Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby, Dr Dylan Lino and Ms Gemma McKinnon) to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples has just been published. The Submission calls for the Australian Government to take a First Nations Voice, as called for in the Uluru Statement, to a referendum, and details a process to ensure that the Australian people have sufficient information on that proposal to vote YES.

3 Oct 2018

Registrations are open and the call for abstracts is out for Public Law in the Classroom 2019. A great program includes a morning keynote from Professor Jeremy Waldron (NYU) on Public Law in a Global Context.

5 Sep 2018

Congratulations to Centre member and UNSW Law Professor Rosalind Dixon for winning the Academic of the Year category at the 2018 Australian Law Awards.

27 Jul 2018

We are excited to announce the Mason Conversation for 2018, featuring Ms Pat Anderson AO and Professor Megan Davis, and proudly hosted by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. Register now.

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Mon, 2019-07-15 - Tue, 2019-07-16
Boardroom, Law Building, UNSW Kensington Campus


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