2019 Constitutional Law Conference and Dinner

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Art Gallery of New South Wales
Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law
8.30 am - 5.00 pm
Fri, 2019-02-15

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Registrations are now open for the 2019 Constitutional Law Conference and Dinner, the eighteenth consecutive staging of this flagship event, to be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Friday 15 February 2019. Participants at this event will be updated on recent important developments in the High Court, Federal Court and State Courts and will gain an understanding of the issues that will emerge in 2019 and beyond. A statistical report on the 2018 High Court term will be included in the conference folder. This event has been organised by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at the Faculty of Law, UNSW, with the support of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law.
Here are the conference brochures with program:
Professor Gabrielle Appleby and Justice Mark Moshinsky will deliver the morning keynotes on the year in constitutional law in the High Court, and in the Federal and State Courts, respectively. The cases to be covered in Sessions 2 and 3 include Unions NSW No 2 and the abortion clinic safe access zone cases from Tasmania and Victoria (implied freedom of political communication); the section 44 cases of Re Gallagher and Alley v Gillespie; two cases about alleged inconsistency between Federal and Territory laws; the Timber Creek native title compensation case; and Minogue v Victoria (statutory interpretation, the Victorian Charter and parole). Speakers include Joshua Thomson SC (newly appointed WA Solicitor-General), Professor Anne Twomey, Associate Professor Julie Debeljak, Associate Professor Sean Brennan and barrister Frances Gordon.  Session 4 features Associate Professor Jason Bosland (open justice and suppression orders), Professor Lyria Bennett Moses (automated decision-making and the rule of law) and Fred Chaney AO (Uluru Statement from the Heart).

The Conference Dinner will be held at NSW Parliament House at 7pm for 7.30pm.

If you have any questions, please email gtcentre@unsw.edu.au or contact Tom Chapman at the Centre on (02) 9385 9530.

The evening before the conference, the 2019 George Winterton Memorial Lecture, featuring Chief Justice of NSW Tom Bathurst AC, will be held in the Banco Court in the city at 5.30pm on Thursday 14 February (registration and more details here). The Lecture is entitled ‘The Mysteries of Judicial Power: Defining the Relationship Between Law and Power in the Modern State’. That event is jointly organised by the University of Sydney Law School, the University of Western Australia Law School and the Australian Association of Constitutional Law.