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

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.

2 Jul 2018

After co-organising a very successful ICON-S annual conference in Hong Kong, Rosalind Dixon becomes the elected Co-President of the International Society of Public Law.

14 Jun 2018

Lisa Burton Crawford’s The Rule of Law and the Australian Constitution (Federation Press) is the focus of the next UNSW Law Book Forum. The event features, as commentators, Justice Stephen Gageler AC, Professor Martin Krygier (UNSW) and Professor James Stellios (UNSW) plus the author. Registration and other information available here.

14 Jun 2018

Lauren Butterly writes on the battle for Aboriginal legal rights over sea country in the Northern Land Council edition of Land Rights News.

17 May 2018

Recently on the AUSPUBLAW blog: Janina Boughey writes on resolving some ‘anomalies’ and ‘snares’ in judicial review: Probuild Constructions; Amanda Sapienza asks does the ‘Serious Overseas Criminal Matters’ scheme have serious legal issues?; Harry Hobbs and George Williams share thoughts on Australia’s First Treaty; Joe McIntyre comments on What is Administrative Law About? Power, Rights, and Judicial Culture in Australia; Terry Carney writes on Robo-Debt Illegality; plus the May public law events roundup


January 2018

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 29, 2018
Staff Common Room, Level 2, Law Building
UNSW Law and Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Law Building - Building F8 UNSW Kensington, Sydney, NSW 2052


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