2014 Constitutional Law Conference and Dinner

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Art Gallery of New South Wales
Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law
8.30 am - 5.15 pm
Fri, 2014-02-14

A major conference on constitutional law, the thirteenth in a series, was held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Friday 14 February 2014. The event was organised by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law with the support of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law.

The conference focused on developments in the High Court and other Australian courts in 2013 and beyond.

The conference was followed by dinner at NSW Parliament House hosted by New South Wales Attorney-General, the Hon Greg Smith SC. The guest speaker at the dinner was the Hon Senator George Brandis SC, Attorney-General.

Brochures (General) and (Academic) available.


Session 1: The Courts of Constitutional Law: The 2013 Term
Speakers for this session:
Professor Adrienne Stone
The Hon Justice Mark Leeming
Professor George Williams

Session 2: Recent Cases: Implied Freedoms
Speakers for this session:
Professor Katherine Gelber
Professor Anne Twomey
Dr Albert Dinelli

Session 3: Recent Cases: Chapter III and the Kable Doctrine
Speakers for this session:
Associate Professor James Stellios
Ms Joanna Davidson
Mr MIchael Izzo

Session 4:  Federalism–Current & Recent Controversies
Speakers for this session:
Mr Stephen McLeish SC
Dr Amelia Simpson
Professor AJ Brown


Professor AJ Brown, Griffith University
The Referendum That Wasn’t

Professor Katherine Gelber, University of Queensland
Monis v The Queen; A-G South Australia v City of Adelaide - Consequences for Freedom of Expression

Mr Michael Izzo, NSW Bar
TCL Airconditioner v Judges of the Federal Court - The Constitution & Commercial Arbitration

The Hon Justice Leeming, NSW Court of Appeal
The Federal and State Courts on Constitutional Law: The 2013 Term

Professors Andrew Lynch and George Williams, University of New South Wales
The High court on Constitutional Law: The 2013 Statistics

Mr Stephen McLeish SC, Solicitor-General for Victoria
Section 109: Current Law, Current Controversies

Dr Amelia Simpson, ANU
Fortescue Metals Group v The Commonwealth - Discrimination & Fiscal Federalism

Professor Anne Twomey, University of Sydney
Unions NSW v State of NSW - The Constitution & Electoral Finance