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Lead by Paul Kildea, and with significant contributions from Harry Hobbs, the Australian Electoral Law Library was recently launched on AustLII. The Library includes digital copies of hundreds of court and tribunal decisions on electoral matters across Commonwealth, State and Territory jurisdictions. It also covers legislation and academic scholarship.

The call for abstracts for the 2019 Postgraduate Workshop in Public Law is now open until 31 July 2019.

Associate Professor Melissa Crouch suggests that the Australia Indonesia free trade agreement presents an opportunity to strengthen relations between the two countries. But is Australia really ready? A step in the right direction, says Crouch, would be for the Australian Government to ramp up its support for Indonesian language studies in Australia. Click here for the full article.

Dr Nicola McGarrity and Professor George Williams (and former Centre members, Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh and Dr Tamara Tulich) make a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security's review of the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill 2019.

Centre Member Melissa Crouch comments on rallies recently held in Myanmar over demands by pro-democracy actors to amend the Constitution.

A joint submission by members of the UNSW Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law (Professor Gabrielle Appleby) and the UNSW Centre for Law, Crime and Justice (Professor Luke McNamara and Dr Vicki Sentas) to the Tasmanian Justice Department on the Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Amendment Bill 2019, which amends that State's anti-protest laws, key provisions of which were struck down by the High Court in the 2017 decision of Brown v Tasmania for breaching the implied freedom of political communication.

A joint submission by Professor Gabrielle Appleby and Dr Janina Boughey of the UNSW Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and Professor Mark Aronson, to the Senate Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances, currently conducting an inquiry into Parliamentary Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation.

Papers and PowerPoint slides from many speakers at our 2019 Constitutional Law Conference now available on our website.


Call for papers for 'Interdisciplinary Workshop on Understanding and Responding to Right Wing Terrorism' to be held at UNSW Law on 15-16 July 2019. Deadline for abstracts is 1 February 2019.

The program for the 2019 Constitutional Law Conference is now out. Check the flyer and other details at our event page here. The early bird rate for General registration is available until 31 December.

A Submission by Indigenous Members of the Referendum Council (Ms Patricia Anderson AO, Professor Megan Davis and Noel Pearson) and Technical Legal Advisers to the Regional Dialogues (Associate Professor Sean Brennan, Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby, Dr Dylan Lino and Ms Gemma McKinnon) to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples has just been published. The Submission calls for the Australian Government to take a First Nations Voice, as called for in the Uluru Statement, to a referendum, and details a process to ensure that the Australian people have sufficient information on that proposal to vote YES.

Registrations are open and the call for abstracts is out for Public Law in the Classroom 2019. A great program includes a morning keynote from Professor Jeremy Waldron (NYU) on Public Law in a Global Context.

Congratulations to Centre member and UNSW Law Professor Rosalind Dixon for winning the Academic of the Year category at the 2018 Australian Law Awards.

We are excited to announce the Mason Conversation for 2018, featuring Ms Pat Anderson AO and Professor Megan Davis, and proudly hosted by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. Register now.

After co-organising a very successful ICON-S annual conference in Hong Kong, Rosalind Dixon becomes the elected Co-President of the International Society of Public Law.

Lisa Burton Crawford's The Rule of Law and the Australian Constitution (Federation Press) is the focus of the next UNSW Law Book Forum. The event features, as commentators, Justice Stephen Gageler AC, Professor Martin Krygier (UNSW) and Professor James Stellios (UNSW) plus the author. Registration and other information available here.

Lauren Butterly writes on the battle for Aboriginal legal rights over sea country in the Northern Land Council edition of Land Rights News.

Video webcasts of each session at the 2018 Constitutional Law Conference are now available on the event site.

Melissa Crouch on the Talking Indonesia podcast about ongoing challenges with political uses of the blasphemy law and the impending Constitutional Court decision on its constitutionality.

Centre member Lauren Butterly and UNSW colleague Lucas Lixinski make a submission on Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Law Reforms in NSW

Lisa Burton Crawford and Janina Boughey to lead The Statutes Project, an exciting new Centre project that is part of a broader collaboration with colleagues at other universities.

Harry Hobbs writes for the Australian Journal of Political Science on developing an inclusive Australian citizenship through Treaty.

Harry Hobbs and George Williams write for the Sydney Law Review on the Noongar Settlement in southwest Western Australia.

Applications are open to UG and JD students at UNSW Law for the Sir Anthony Mason Research Project in Constitutional Law in S2 2018. Details and the online application form are here. Applications close on 24 April 2018.

Recently on the AUSPUBLAW blog: Justin Gleeson posts his paper, The High Court on Constitutional Law: The 2017 Term Keynote Address to 2018 Constitutional Law Conference; Tony Blackshield writes on “Exclusive Cognisance” and Cognitive Dissonance: Alley v Gillespie; Lael Weis discusses legislation as a method of constitutional reform; Carolyn Evans writes on religious freedom; plus the April public law events roundup.

The keynote address by Justin Gleeson on the 2017 High Court term in constitutional law, from the 2018 Constitutional Law Conference, appears as a blog post on AUSPUBLAW.

Gabrielle Appleby contributes a chapter on 'Unwritten Rules' to the newly published Oxford Handbook of the Australian Constitution, edited by Cheryl Saunders and Adrienne Stone.

Sean Brennan, with Megan Davis, contributes a chapter on 'First Peoples' to the newly published Oxford Handbook of the Australian Constitution, edited by Saunders and Stone.

Centre Fellow Brendan Lim contributes a chapter on 'Legitimacy' to the newly published Oxford Handbook of the Australian Constitution, edited by Cheryl Saunders and Adrienne Stone.

Lisa Burton Crawford, with Jeffrey Goldsworthy, contributes a chapter on 'Constitutionalism' to the newly published Oxford Handbook of the Australian Constitution, edited by Cheryl Saunders and Adrienne Stone.

Sangeetha Pillai and George Williams write in the Melbourne University Law Review on utility of citizenship-stripping.

The House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee has published James Lees written evidence in response to the EU Justice Sub-Committee Inquiry into Brexit: enforcement and dispute resolution.

Nicola McGarrity has published a new book with Routledge, Anti-Terrorism Law and Foreign Terrorist Fighters,with Jessie Blackbourn and Deniz Kayis.

Harry Hobbs has had a short paper published in the Northern Land Council's Land Rights News.

Recently on the AUSPUBLAW blog: Helen Irving discusses Justice Edelman's dissent in Graham v Minister for Immigration and Boarder Protection; Henry Cooper on secret documents and the public meaning of the Constitution; Dan Westbury on the principle of legality as a reflecion of the constituional relationship between parliament and the courts; Aaron Moss on native title in 2017 and 2018; Arthur Marusevich on Re Nash [No. 2]; plus the March public law events roundup.

Melissa Crouch writes on Myanmar's Rakhine state crisis and the implications for Australia and ASEAN, in a collection of essays called Disrupting Asia.

Lisa Burton Crawford writes for the Admin Law Blog on jurisdictional error and the principle of legality in light of the 2018 High Court decisions in Probuild and Maxcon.

Melissa Crouch speaks at ASEAN 360°, a comprehensive briefing covering the trade and investment, geopolitics and social issues facing the region.

Andrew Lynch reviews the High Court's move to constitutional consensus in 2017 cases in the Australian.

Melissa Crouch participates in workshop with the Myanmar Constitutional Tribunal in Naypyidaw on constitutional courts and constitutional interpretation in a federal system, seen here on Myanmar national television.

The new edition of the Centre newsletter - with the latest on people, activities, project reports, publications and presentations - is out now and available here.

George Williams writes in the Australian on fixing section 44 of the Constitution.

We are pleased to welcome back James Lee, Reader at Kings College London, as a Centre Visitor with the Judiciary Project for the first half of 2018. To view James' profile click here.

Melissa Crouch writes in The Interpreter on the state of constitutional reform in Myanmar.

With pleasure, we welcome Dr Lisa Burton Crawford, who joins UNSW Law as Senior Lecturer. In addition to her role as Senior Lecturer, Lisa will be joining the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law as a Centre Member. To view Lisa's profile, click here.