2021 Constitutional Law Conference

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Fri, 2021-02-12

Time: 8:45 am - 5:15 pm AEDT

We invite you to register for a major conference on constitutional law to be held via Zoom on Friday 12 February 2021, 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.

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Cost and Registration

Full conference: $220
Individual sessions: $55 each
Academics will receive a 50% discount when using code ACADEMIC50 at checkout.
To register, please click on the link below. You will be directed to a system called Go1, UNSW Edge. Firstly, you will need to create a Go1 profile. Once you have created a profile using your email address, please register for the Constitutional Law Conference. If you need any assistance, please email Marlon via edge@unsw.edu.au and he will get back to you ASAP.

Click here to register for the full conference

Click on the individual sessions below to register for single sessions:

Session one - The High Court on Constitutional Law: The 2020 Term

Session two - The Federal and State Courts on Constitutional Law: The 2020 Term

Session three - Recent Cases: Chapter III and the Kable Principle

Session four - The Palace Papers, Love, and Constitutional Reform

Session five - COVID-19 and Public Law

If you are experiencing financial hardship and unable to purchase a ticket please contact edge@unsw.edu.au

We are also offering an organisation ticket whereby organisations can stream the conference to several staff within their own offices. Please contact edge@unsw.edu.au for more information on this option.


The virtual conference will feature discussions of recent important developments in the High Court, Federal Court and State Courts and provide an overview of the key public law debates in 2020. The conference will also consider current debates on constitutional reform sparked by the High Court’s decisions in Love v Commonwealth and the Palace Papers Case, and the public law challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference will be addressed by leading practitioners, academics and judges, and feature opportunities for informal virtual exchange via zoom lunch and morning tea ‘break-out’ rooms. It will also mark the 20th anniversary of the conference, and the Centre’s institutional life, and we will mark that anniversary with a short video presentation at the opening of the conference. We regret that we cannot meet in person next February, but believe that proceeding with a virtual conference is the safest and most appropriate course given current circumstances. We also hope it will offer new opportunities for an even broader range of practitioners, judges and scholars across Australia to join the event. To that end, we are working closely with UNSW Edge to offer registration for single-sessions as well as for the entire day, and offering a substantially discounted registration price. And we are committed to ensuring that all colleagues who wish to can attend, and thus anyone who does not have funds to pay for registration due to the COVID-19 pandemic can do so free of charge.