2020 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, 2020-02-21

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The 2020 Constitutional Law Conference and Dinner will be the nineteenth consecutive staging of this flagship event. It will be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Friday 21 February 2020. Participants at this event are updated on recent important developments in the High Court, Federal Court and State Courts and the surrounding issues that will emerge in 2020 and beyond. This event is 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.

Below are the conference brochures with program:
Associate Professor Elisa Arcioni will deliver the morning keynote on the year in constitutional law in the High Court, with Ms Kate Richardson SC providing comment. In Session 2, the Hon Justice Andrew Bell will discuss the 2019 term in the Federal and State Courts, followed by Ms Philippa Mott speaking on Spence v Queensland. In Session 3, Mr Craig Lenehan SC will speak about The Principle of Legality: From Al-Kateb to M47, followed by Professor Anne Twomey discussing the UK Supreme Court judgment in R (Miller) v The Prime Minister and Cherry v Advocate General for Scotland and its implications for Australia. Session 4 will focus on issues relating to Chapter III Courts and the Kable principle, with discussion from Mr Mark Hosking of BMW Australia Ltd v Brewster and Westpac Banking Corporation v Lenthall; and from Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh on Vella v Commissioner of Police (NSW). Session 5 focusses on the implied freedom of political communication: Comcare v Banerji and Smethurst v Commissioner of Police will be discussed by Ms Julia Watson and Mr Peter Dunning QC respectively, and the session will conclude with comment from Dr Daniel Joyce speaking on more broadly on the implied freedom and the freedom of the press.

The Conference Dinner will be held at NSW Parliament House, and the dinner speaker is the Hon Justice Virginia Bell.


Professor Andrew Lynch, UNSW
The High Court on Constitutional Law: The 2019 Statistics
The Hon Justice Andrew Bell, NSW Court of Appeal
The Federal and State Courts on Constitutional Law: The 2019 Term
Professor Anne Twomey, University of Sydney
R (Miller) v The Prime Minister; Cherry v Advocate General for Scotland: implications for Australia
Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh, University of Queensland
Vella v Commissioner of Police (NSW)