Centre Fellow - Celia Winnett

Celia Winnett is a barrister at Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers. She has appeared as junior counsel in various constitutional and administrative law cases, including Westpac Banking Corporation v Lenthall; Comcare v Banerji; Clubb v Edwards/ Preston v Avery; Unions NSW v NSW (No 2)A-G (NSW) v Gatsby/ A-G (NSW) v Johnson; and Kaldas v Barbour. Before coming to the Bar, she served as Counsel Assisting the then Commonwealth Solicitor-General, Justin Gleeson SC. She previously worked as a lawyer in the Office of General Counsel within the Australian Government Solicitor (Canberra), in the Banking & Finance and International Arbitration teams of Mallesons Stephen Jaques (Sydney), and as Associate to the Honourable Justice Crennan of the High Court of Australia.

Celia has an LLM from Columbia Law School, which she attended on a Fulbright Scholarship. She also holds a BA/ LLB (First Class Honours and University Medal) from the Australian National University.

Publications and presentations

Brooke Greenwood, Julia Mansour and Celia Winnett, ‘Access to Legal Records by Children Leaving State Care: The Experience of Young People in NSW’ (2019) 44(1) Alternative Law Journal 43

Celia Winnett, ‘The “Establishment Clause” of s 116 of the Constitution’, Religious Law Conference, Legalwise, Sydney, 21 November 2018

Justin Gleeson SC and Celia Winnett, ‘The Rule of Law and the Crown’ in Martin Hinton and John Williams, The Crown (2018)

Celia Winnett, ‘Kaldas v Barbour [2017] NSWCA 275’, Australian Association of Constitutional Law seminar, 19 April 2018

Naomi Sharp and Celia Winnett, BenchTV presentation, ‘Procedural Fairness in Multi-Stage Decision‑Making Processes’ (2017)

Celia Winnett, ‘Cunningham v Commonwealth [2016] HCA 39: Acquisition of Property and Politicians’ Retirement Benefits’ (paper presented at the Gilbert + Tobin Constitutional Law Conference, Sydney, 17 February 2017)

Celia Winnett, ‘“Just Terms” or Just Money? Section 51(xxxi), Native Title and Non-Monetary Terms of Acquisition’ (2010) 33 University of New South Wales Law Journal 776