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

26 Sep 2016

Alysia Blackham (University of Melbourne) and Gabrielle Appleby make a submission to the Standing Committee on the Model Code of Professional Conduct Federation of Law Societies of Canada, on their ‘Post-Judicial Return to Practice Discussion Paper'

26 Sep 2016

Registrations are open for Celebrating 100 Years of the Commonwealth Solicitor-General, an event co-hosted by the Centre with the Australian Association of Constitutional Law featuring five former Commonwealth Solicitors-General

26 Sep 2016

George Wiliams writes in the Sydney Morning Herald on the Same Sex Marriage Bill

16 Sep 2016

Congratulations to Ben Golder on his promotion to Associate Professor.

13 Sep 2016

A new book edited by Andrew Lynch, Great Australian Dissents, is published by Cambridge University Press. Featuring chapters from 21 authors, it follows a 2015 workshop supported by the Centre and UNSW Law.

9 Sep 2016

Sarah-jane Morris, doctoral candidate with UNSW Law and the Centre, writes for the AUSPUBLAW blog on the finality principle and how it was trumped in Kirk's case. 


March 2016

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Law Theatre G04, Ground Floor of the UNSW Law Building, Kensington
Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and UNSW Law
Monday, October 24, 2016
Banco Court, Level 13, Law Courts Building, Queens Square, Sydney
Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and the Australian Association of Constitutional 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


Click here to access AUSPUBLAW, the Australian Public Law Blog, a collaborative blogging project bringing readers expert commentary and analysis on recent cases and legislative change as well as updates on the latest research and scholarship in Australian public law. Proudly hosted by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law.

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Click here to see a selection of conference papers from the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law


Click here to see a selection of past webcasts including the 2016 Constitutional Law Conference