Public Law in the Classroom Workshop 2021

The seventh annual Public Law in the Classroom workshop to be held via Zoom on Thursday, 11 February 2021. The workshop is organised by the Gilbert and Tobin Centre of Public Law at UNSW, the Public Law and Policy Research Unit at the University of Adelaide and the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University. The past six workshops have been a great success, each attracting around 70 public law teachers from across the country and internationally.

Click here to view the attendee list.

The first session will be on the theme of ‘Public Law and Remote Learning: Past. Present. Future’, commencing at 11:00 am and concluding at 12:30pm AEDT.


Mr Peter Black (Faculty of Law, Law School, Queensland University of Technology)

Evelyn Douek (Harvard Law School)

Professor David Thomson (University of Denver Sturm College of Law)

Chair: Dr Svetlana Tyulkina (Faculty of Law and Justice, UNSW)

The second session will be centred around the theme of ‘Teaching Public Law in Times of Public Emergency’, commencing at 1:00 pm and concluding at 2:30pm AEDT.


Dr Bruce Chen (Faculty of Business and Law, BL Deakin Law School)

Professor Sarah Joseph (Griffith Law School)

Associate Professor Amy Maguire (Newcastle Law School)

Dr Maria O'Sullivan (Faculty of Law, Monash University)

Chair: Shreeya Smith (Faculty of Law and Justice, UNSW)

The workshop will be concluded with the book launch of ‘The Originalist’, a novel co-written by members of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at UNSW and others. It was the result of a creative project conceived of during the initial lockdowns implemented in response to COVID-19 in March 2020. All proceeds from the sale of ‘The Originalist’ will go to the UNSW Emergency Fund.

Please register separately for the book launch by clicking here. The book launch will commence at 3:00 pm.

Suggestions for small-group gatherings

We look forward to joining you at the Public Law in the Classroom Workshop for 2021 to continue our tradition of camaraderie, collegiality and collaboration. There will be two panels, each running for 90 minutes that explore matters that were at the forefront of our collective teaching experiences in 2020: remote learning and the issues raised teaching public law in times of public emergencies. Rather than presenting formal papers, we have invited our panellists to share their reflections and provocations with the group in their initial presentations. Following the initial presentation, workshop participants will be split into breakout groups to share their own perspectives and experiences and reflect on the provocations and reflections shared by the panellists. Each session will conclude with an opportunity to share some of these insights with the whole group and engage in further group-wide discussions.

PLIC has always been about the public law teaching community coming together, sharing ideas and strengthening our bonds. To this end, we encourage participants to come together in their locations where such gatherings fall within the COVID-SAFE rules and recommendations in your jurisdiction. This could see participants gather during the breaks, or before or after the workshop, or to participate in the workshop from a shared venue. Should you decide to participate from a shared venue, given the significant virtual small-group discussion component of the panels, we recommend that participants join from their own devices and use a headset. We would also recommend selecting a venue with sufficient space for individual workshop participants to engage in breakout group discussions without disturbing other workshop participants in the same venue.

While we are sad that we can’t see all of you in Sydney on the 11th, we are excited about coming together after what has been a tough year that has thrown up many challenges for the practice of public law teaching.