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

22 Feb 2017

Harry Hobbs, Andrew Lynch and George Williams publish ‘The High Court under Chief Justice Robert French’ in (2017) 91 Australian Law Journal 53

13 Feb 2017

Gabrielle Appleby and Joe McIntyre write for Inside Story on Donald Trump's sacking of acting US Attorney-General, Sally Yates

8 Feb 2017

We welcome new Centre and Faculty Member Lauren Butterly who will be teaching Administrative Law, and continuing her research on environmental law and governance, native title, Indigenous rights and administrative law

8 Feb 2017

Drs Nicola McGarrity and Jessie Blackbourn have launched a new website which provides a comprehensive overview of Australia's anti-terrorism laws and prosecutions. It can be viewed at or followed on Twitter at @ausnatsec

6 Feb 2017

Rosalind Dixon writes in the Financial Review on 'Judicial appointments in the age of Trump'

6 Feb 2017

George Williams writes in the Sydney Morning Herald on Chief Justice Susan Kiefel


December 2016


Click here to access AUSPUBLAW, the Australian Public Law Blog, a collaborative blogging project bringing readers expert commentary and analysis on recent cases and legislative change as well as updates on the latest research and scholarship in Australian public law. Proudly hosted by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law.

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Click here to see a selection of conference papers from the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law


Click here to see a selection of past webcasts including the 2016 Constitutional Law Conference