Centre Fellow - David Hume

David Hume is a Barrister at Six Selborne Wentworth Chambers. He previously worked in the Commonwealth’s Constitutional Litigation Unit and as an associate to Chief Justice Gleeson. David has appeared or been the instructing solicitor in a number of constitutional and public law cases, including Tajjour v State of New South Wales, Kerrison v Melbourne City Council (the Occupy Melbourne case), Monis v R, Plaintiff S99 v The Commonwealth (challenge to Manus Island detention), JT International v The Commonwealth (the “Plain Packaging Case”), Wotton v State of Queensland, Australian Education Union v General Manager of Fair Work Australia and Queenbeayan City Council v ACTEW Corporation Ltd. David lectures in constitutional law at UNSW and has previously lectured at University of Melbourne.

Publications and presentations


Human Rights under the Australian Constitution (2013, Oxford University Press, 2nd ed) (with George Williams).

People Power: The History and Future of the Referendum in Australia (2010, UNSW Press) (with George Williams).

Articles, conference presentations and book chapters

‘Broadly-framed powers and the Constitution’, Seminar, Public Law Section of the New South Wales Bar Association, Sydney, 31 March 2015 (with Bret Walker SC).

‘The Rule of Law in Reading Down: Good Law for the “Bad Man”’ (2014) 37(3) Melbourne University Law Review 620.

‘Heresy in the High Court? Federalism as a Constraint on Commonwealth Power’ (2013) 41(1) Federal Law Review 71 (with Andrew Lynch and George Williams).

Wotton v Queensland – Islands of Power and Political Speech on Palm Island’ [2012] UNSWLRS 39 (Paper delivered at 2012 Gilbert + Tobin Centre Constitutional Law Conference).

‘Bribery and Corruption: Key Issues for Australian Companies Operating Overseas’ (2011) 34(3) University of New South Wales Law Journal 747 (with Geoff Healy).

‘Australian Censorship Policy and the Advocacy of Terrorism’ (2009) 31 Sydney Law Review 381 (with George Williams).

‘Advocating Terrorist Acts and Australian Censorship Law’ (2009) 20 Public Law Review 37 (with George Williams).

‘Commonwealth Power over Industrial Relations: Evolution without a Referendum’ in Lee and Gerangelos, Constitutional Advancement in A Frozen Continent (2009) 105 (with George Williams).

‘Who’s Listening? Intercepting the Telephone Calls, Emails and SMS’s of Innocent People’ (2006) 31 Alternative Law Journal 211 (with George Williams).