The practical impacts of the ADJR Act on judicial review applications

This is the eight in a special series of posts on the 50th anniversary of the Kerr Report, examining whether Australian administrative law is still fit for purpose. To see other posts in this series, click here.

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Corruption and Human Rights Sanctions in Australia: Where Public Law Meets Foreign Policy

BY ANTON MOISEIENKO

Introduction

In 2020, the Australian Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT) held an inquiry into the potential introduction of corruption and human rights sanctions, also referred to as ‘Magnitsky’ sanctions. … Read the rest

Chetcuti and constitutional membership: context, case and implications

BY ELISA ARCIONI AND RAYNER THWAITES

Introduction

The Chetcuti decision of 12 August 2021 is the High Court’s latest attempt to delineate a concept of constitutional membership. Here membership is understood as ‘non-alienage’; in practical terms, immunity to deportation. The … Read the rest

Witnesses J, K – and L? Open Justice, the NSI Act and the Constitution

BY KIERAN PENDER

In the preface to a collection of criminal cases published in 1730, barrister and writer Sollom Emlyn sung the praises of the British legal system. ‘In other countries the Courts of Justice are held in secret; with … Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup October 2021  

Welcome to the October edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup.

Remember, if you have an AUSPUBLAW opportunity, conference or significant public lecture that you would like included in this roundup, please contact us at auspublaw@unsw.edu.au. The … Read the rest

Statutory interpretation under section 48 of the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld): the first eighteen months

BY BENEDICT COXON

On 1 January 2020, the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) (QHRA) entered fully into force, including the interpretive provision contained in s 48, which was modelled on s 32 of the Charter of Human Rights Read the rest

The ‘Ecological Limitation’: Exploring the Implications of Climate Change for the Australian Constitution

BY COSTA AVGOUSTINOS

The Australian climate litigation movement has recently made significant inroads into the field of negligence. In Sharma v Minister for the Environment (2021) (Sharma), the Federal Court held that the Minister for the Environment owes … Read the rest

The Commonwealth Ombudsman: still fit for purpose?

This is the seventh in a special series of posts on the 50th anniversary of the Kerr Report, examining whether Australian administrative law is still fit for purpose. To see other posts in this series, click here.

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Launch of the Feminist Judgments and Critical Judgments Projects website!

BY GABRIELLE APPLEBY AND ROSALIND DIXON

Last week, the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law was delighted that the Hon. Margaret McMurdo AC launched the Feminist Judgments and Critical Judgments Projects website (www.criticaljudgments.com). Margaret was the first … Read the rest

AJL20 v Commonwealth: Non-refoulement, indefinite detention and the ‘totally screwed’

BY SANGEETHA PILLAI

It’s coming up to the 30th birthday of Australia’s policy of mandatory immigration detention for non-citizens who do not hold a visa. Throughout its lifetime, the policy has remained a controversial cornerstone of Australia’s migration law … Read the rest

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