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

18 Sep 2017

Andrew Lynch discusses the release of parliamentary archives on the Lionel Murphy affair in The Conversation

4 Sep 2017

Recently on the AUSPUBLAW blog: Peter Timmins on Australia’s commitment to open government reform;  AJ Brown on a general-purpose, stand-alone anti-corruption agency for Australia; Michael Maley on the 2017 Australian Marriage Law Postal Plebisurvey; Sarah Murray on Ad Hominem Parole Legislation and the High Court, plus the September public law events roundup

30 Aug 2017

George Williams' address to the National Press Club now available

21 Aug 2017

George Williams to speak at gleebooks on 14 September on A Charter of Rights for Australia

21 Aug 2017

George Williams to address the National Press Club on 30 August on dual citizenship and the same-sex marriage postal survey

16 Aug 2017

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


July 2017

Upcoming Events

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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