Sir Anthony Mason Research Project in Constitutional Law


The Sir Anthony Mason Research Project in Constitutional Law provides a unique opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and skills in constitutional law by completing a research project in this field. The student will be supervised by a staff member of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and the project will be assessed by the Director and one other academic member of the Centre (who is not the supervisor). Applicants are invited to devise a project that interests them and meets the specifications set out below. Possible areas for research and analysis include:

  • the work and role of the Australian judiciary, especially the High Court as a decision-making institution and third arm of the national government;
  • the interaction of administrative law and constitutional law;
  • issues in comparative constitutional law;
  • constitutional change and referenda, for instance regarding the position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • counter-terrorism laws and the Constitution;
  • constitutional law and legal theory;
  • the constitutional functions and significance of parliament;
  • constitutional or parliamentary protection of human rights; or
  • contemporary Australian federalism.

This is not an exhaustive list.

The successful student will be selected on the basis of:

  • academic merit assessed over not less than two semesters;
  • a curriculum vitae; and
  • a written outline (maximum 500 words) of a research project that is:
  1. topical in light of current developments in the public law field; and
  2. displays a solid connection to at least one of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre’s Centre’s main research areas as defined on the ‘Projects’ tab of its website

Successful completion of the compulsory course, Federal Constitutional Law, is a prerequisite for applying to undertake the Sir Anthony Mason Research Project.

The selection will be made by the Director of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre, in consultation with relevant academic staff members regarding their capacity to supervise particular projects. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a sustained and substantial interest in constitutional law.

Assessment: a 7,500 to 9,000 word research paper. 

Successful completion of the Sir Anthony Mason Research Project in Constitutional Law carries with it an award of $1000, the result of a generous donation by Sir Anthony.

The Faculty will notify students when applications are open for the Research Project.

Applications for the Sir Anthony Mason Research Project in Constitutional Law in S2 2018 will close on 24 April 2018. Applicants must complete the online application form available on the Law School website