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

16 Aug 2017

Paul Kildea writes in The Conversation on the decision to put the ABS in charge of the same-sex marriage poll

2 Aug 2017

Members of the G + T Centre and the Kaldor Centre make a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee's Inquiry into the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017

24 Jul 2017

Bumper edition of the Centre Newsletter out now, covering the people, projects, achievements and activities of the past 12 months

24 Jul 2017

Congratulations to Centre Member Rosalind Dixon on her recent election as Co-President of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S)

17 Jul 2017

George Williams writes in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on whether the Commonwealth could override a state voluntary euthanasia law

17 Jul 2017

George Williams and Daniel Reynolds’ A Charter of Rights for Australia published by UNSW Press


July 2017

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Thursday, February 22, 2018
Law Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW and Public Law and Policy Research Unit, University of Adelaide


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