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 Aug 2016

Abstracts invited by 30 September for posters and short presentations at the 2017 Public Law in the Classroom workshop. Event registration and more information also available

22 Aug 2016

Daniel Reynolds and George Williams write in the Australian Parliamentary Review on petitioning the Australian Parliament

22 Aug 2016

George Williams writes in the Sydney Morning Herald on petitioning the Federal Parliament

8 Aug 2016

On AUSPUBLAW in recent weeks: Jessie Blackbourn and Nicola McGarrity on sunset clauses in national security, Douglas McDonald on country guidance decisions in refugee law and the latest public law events update

8 Aug 2016

New editorial team of three Joint Editors announced for the AUSPUBLAW blog. Blog Coordinator Gabrielle Appleby joined by Lynsey Blayden and Paul Kildea

8 Aug 2016

Rosalind Dixon writes in The Australian Financial Review on the replacement of Northern Territory Chief Justice Brian Martin as head of the Royal Commission


March 2016

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Staff Common Room, Level 2, UNSW Law School
Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Lecture Room G02, Ground Floor of Law Building
UNSW and Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Tyree Energy Technologies Building and 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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