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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8 Oct 2020

The Gilbert+Tobin Centre of Public Law releases a video in celebration of 20 years of ideas and impact.

9 Jul 2020

Submission from Gabrielle Appleby, Janina Boughey, Sangeetha Pillai and George Williams to the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation regarding the exemption of delegated legislation from parliamentary oversight.

6 Jul 2020

Professor Gabrielle Appleby, Director of The Judiciary Project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, has been involved in organising a letter signed by hundreds of women across the legal profession to the Attorney-General calling on him to make reforms to the discipling and appointment of judges, following the investigation into sexual misconduct by Dyson Heydon AC QC. The women also wrote to the Chief Justice thanking her for her response to the complaints against Mr Heydon.

The story can be read here

The letter to the Attorney-General is available here, and the letter to the Chief Justice here

28 Apr 2020

The G+T Centre introduces a new research project, Responding to Covid19: Project on Public Law and Public Health

5 Sep 2019

Lead by Paul Kildea, and with significant contributions from Harry Hobbs, the Australian Electoral Law Library was recently launched on AustLII. The Library includes digital copies of hundreds of court and tribunal decisions on electoral matters across Commonwealth, State and Territory jurisdictions. It also covers legislation and academic scholarship. 

30 May 2019

The call for abstracts for the 2019 Postgraduate Workshop in Public Law is now open until 31 July 2019.

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