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

7 Oct 2015

Public Law in the Classroom workshop returns in February 2016. Free registration and call for poster abstracts now open

7 Oct 2015

George Williams writes in the Sydney Morning Herald  and the Age on the citizenship bill

30 Sep 2015

Ben Golder's latest book Foucault and the Politics of Rights out now with Stanford University Press

30 Sep 2015

Reforming the Senate voting system with optional preferential voting will address a series of legitimacy problems: Michael Maley with the latest post on AUSPUBLAW

23 Sep 2015

Anna Rienstra and George Williams write in Sydney Law Review on Redrawing the Federation: Creating New States from Australia’s Existing States

23 Sep 2015

George Williams and Daniel Reynolds write in the Adelaide Law Review on the use of the Racial Discrimination Act to override state and federal legislation


July 2015

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW and the Public Law and Policy Research Unit, University of Adelaide


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