2019 Postgraduate Workshop in Public Law


The Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law in the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales invites abstracts for its 2019 Postgraduate Workshop in Public Law which will be held on 23-24 September.

The Workshop is an opportunity for higher degree research students in the field of public law to gain experience in presenting their work to their peers and the wider academic public law community in a critically constructive yet supportive environment. While there are several generalist conferences held each year which postgraduate students can attend, the Centre’s biennial Postgraduate Workshop in Public Law is focused on public law issues and as such is an opportunity for students to network with others working in their area.

We invite abstracts from currently enrolled postgraduate research students (Masters, PhD and SJD students) studying full-time or part-time in the field of public law. We welcome abstracts that bring a constitutional or administrative law focus to a range of contemporary issues such as human rights protection, native title and Indigenous land rights, national security, federalism, refugees and migration law, executive power, electoral law, and the judiciary. We welcome abstracts from scholars working in other jurisdictions and who wish to bring a global or comparative perspective to bear on issues of public law.

Abstract Submission

The event, including a dinner for Workshop participants on the evening of 23 September, is FREE to all delegates who are asked to cover their own costs for accommodation and travel to Sydney. Some limited funds are available for travel assistance to those delegates who can make a case based on special need. But we request that support is sought in the first instance from a delegate’s home institution.

To register, please send the following to gtcentre@unsw.edu.au, being sure to put ‘Postgraduate Workshop’ in the subject line:

• your name, institutional affiliation and contact details; and • a brief abstract of your paper (max. 400 words).

Registrations with abstracts must be submitted by 31 July 2019. Acceptance will be confirmed by correspondence no later than 7 August.


The Workshop will follow a roundtable discussion-based format, with presenters having 15-20 minutes to speak and then ample time being left in each session for questions and discussion by all participants. The event thus provides an opportunity for participants to receive detailed feedback on their work and establish what will hopefully become an ongoing dialogue with others researching in the field.

In preparing abstracts, presenters should bear this format in mind. Ideally, they should aim to briefly convey the broader context of their thesis before focussing on a discrete aspect for more detailed consideration. Methodological or substantive issues may be selected as the basis of the presentation.

The collected abstracts from the Workshop will be published online at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre website, enabling further contact between those attending the Workshop and others interested in their research. We typically receive more proposals for papers than we are able to accommodate in the program, so abstracts will be assessed for clarity and suitability to a workshop focussed upon public law (broadly defined). Upon acceptance the presentations will be organised into thematic streams which will comprise the bulk of the final program for the Workshop. There will be a special session, via skype, for students from centres who are partners of the G+T Centre.

Special Keynote Speaker

The 2019 Workshop will feature a keynote/panel discussion on Monday 23 September between Professor Rosalind Dixon, A/Professor Ben Golder and Justice Carlos Bernal Pulido of the Constitutional Court of Colombia.