This post is the first AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup from around the country. This roundup will include conferences and significant public lectures. We will also sneak in the odd international event if it is of sufficient interest to AUSPUBLAW followers. The Events Roundup is divided into two sections. The first provides information on public law events happening in the next two months. The second provides a list of more distant events.

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Gabrielle Appleby

AUSPUBLAW Blog Coordinator


Public Law Events: July – August 2015

3-4 July 2015: 3rd National Rural Law and Justice Conference: Reframing Rurality: Driving Innovation in Rural Justice

National Rural Law & Justice Alliance and Charles Sturt University

This conference will showcase innovation in justice and legal service outcomes for rural, regional and remote Australia. The aim of the conference is to rethink ways of improving access to justice for all Australians; providing the opportunity to discuss the challenges, prospects and future focus to achieve equal access to justice across Australia. This year we focus on innovation in service delivery that improves and expands on the effective use of technology in the delivery of legal and community services. In the contexts of ending family violence, justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, justice for women and children, and the nexus between adequate community and social services for rural regional and remote Australia-we aim to confront the tyrannies of distance and establish equality for people living in rural regional and remote Australia. This Conference aims to showcase, educate and inspire participants and presenters.


10-11 July 2015: Judicial Independence in Australia: Contemporary Challenges, Future Directions

TC Beirne School of Law and Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law, University of Queensland

The conference will bring together leading scholars and members of the profession to discuss the nature and importance of judicial independence in Australia, and to debate controversies and challenges to the principle at federal, state and territory levels. The Conference is designed for members of the legal profession as well as academics. It will discuss a range of themes, including: judicial decision-making; judicial appointments and tenure; extra-judicial activities; criticism of judges; judicial diversity; social media and the courts; and global perspectives on judicial independence.


23-24 July 2015: Constitutional Law Conference 2015

Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, University of Melbourne

The conference papers will focus on themes of recent and continuing significance in constitutional law including the constitutional dimensions of statutory interpretation; contracting and spending: executive power after Williams; and proportionality in constitutional law.


23-24 July 2015: National Conference on Administrative Law:  Challenges of a New Age – Balancing fairness with efficiency and national security

Australian Institute of Administrative Law

Australian public law is a dynamic and constantly evolving area. The need to maintain accountability and transparency in light of recent smaller government and deregulation agendas, affording procedural fairness while giving weight to national security and financial efficiency considerations and the emerging and changing uses of technology. Each present challenges for the practice of administrative law The Conference will be relevant to government decision-makers; those affected by decisions, and their advisers; members of review bodies; tribunals and courts; policy developers; public lawyers; academics; and others with an interest in Australian administrative law.


24 July 2015: The Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference

Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University

Human rights in 2015… We’ve got a lot to talk about… Join us at Federation Square on Friday 24th July for The Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference. Speakers include:

Adela Navarro Bello, General Director of Zeta Magazine, Mexico; Bret Walker SC, former Independent National Security Legislation Monitor; Fiona McCormack, CEO, Domestic Violence Victoria; Helen Szoke, Chief Executive of Oxfam Australia; Dennis Eggington, CEO, Aboriginal Legal Service WA; Tim Wilson, Australian Human Rights Commissioner.


7-8 August 2015: Global Order and Disorder: Governance and Regulation in the 21st Century

Transnational, International and Comparative Law and Policy Network, Bond University

Is global order giving way to disorder? What challenges does this pose to cross-border governance and regulation in the 21st century? This international conference invites speakers across disciplines to explore the transnational, international and comparative dimensions to these questions. The Transnational, International and Comparative Law and Policy (TICLP) Research Network is an interdisciplinary network of academics, policy-makers and professionals engaged in legal, international relations and public policy research examining Australia in a globalised world.


20 August 2015: 2015 Richard Cooper Memorial Lecture

Presented by The TC Beirne School of Law and the Federal Court of Australia

This year’s lecture is titled A ‘Diminished Nation?’ The ‘races’ power, non-discrimination and the Native Title Act presented by special guest speaker Professor Jonathan Fulcher, Partner, Resources and Energy, Hopgood Ganim.


Future Public Law Events

3-4 September 2015: 10th Annual National Indigenous Legal Conference and Gala Dinner

Theme: ‘Towards Indigenous Democracy’

Call for papers closes 28 June 2015:


1-2 October 2015: Public Law Weekend

Centre of International and Public Law, ANU College of Law

Theme: Constitutional deliberations


Hold the date: 20 November 2015, Kaldor Centre Annual Conference

The Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law will hold its Annual Conference on 20 November 2015. The keynote speaker will be Erika Feller, former Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at UNHCR and currently a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne.


Hold the date: 10 December 2015, Final Courts Roundup

This annual seminar is hosted by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, Comparative Constitutional Law Project and the Australian Association of Constitutional Law (NSW Chapter). The seminar provides an outline of recent constitutional developments in several overseas jurisdictions that are of key interest to Australian constitutional lawyers. This year’s panellists are Dr Jason Varuhas (UNSW): UK and New Zealand; Associate Professor Mila Versteeg: (University of Virginia): European Union; Professor Jacob Gersen (Harvard University): USA.


Hold the Date: 11 February 2016: Public Law in the Classroom Workshop

The second ‘Public Law in the Classroom Workshop’, an annual event on public law teaching research and practice, hosted by Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW Law, and the Public Law and Policy Research Unit, University of Adelaide.


Hold the Date: 12 February 2016: 2016 Constitutional Law Conference and Dinner

Annual conference hosted by Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW Law, on constitutional law looking at decisions of the High Court, Federal and State courts.