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.

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12 Feb 2018

Melissa Crouch participates in workshop with the Myanmar Constitutional Tribunal in Naypyidaw on constitutional courts and constitutional interpretation in a federal system, seen here on Myanmar national television

7 Feb 2018

The new edition of the Centre newsletter - with the latest on people, activities, project reports, publications and presentations - is out now and available here

5 Feb 2018

George Williams writes in the Australian on fixing section 44 of the Constitution

2 Feb 2018

We are pleased to welcome back James Lee, Reader at Kings College London, as a Centre Visitor with the Judiciary Project for the first half of 2018. To view James' profile click here

29 Jan 2018

Melissa Crouch writes in The Interpreter on the state of constitutional reform in Myanmar

24 Jan 2018

With pleasure, we welcome Dr Lisa Burton Crawford, who joins UNSW Law as Senior Lecturer. In addition to her role as Senior Lecturer, Lisa will be joining the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law as a Centre Member. To view Lisa's profile, click here.


January 2018

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
Friday, February 23, 2018
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law


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