Welcome to the second AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup from across the country. Just a reminder – this roundup includes 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.

Remember, if you have an event that you would like included in this roundup, please contact us at auspublaw@unsw.edu.au.


Gabrielle Appleby

AUSPUBLAW Blog Coordinator


Public Law Events: August-September 2015

4-6 August 2015: ANZSOG Annual Conference

Opening Government: Transparency and Engagement in the Information Age

ANZSOG’s 2015 conference will consider the contribution of transparency and engagement to better government, and how the more imaginative use of information and its associated technologies can lead to better outcomes. These include enhanced democratic accountability, more robust policy settings, and more effective service delivery, utilising governments’ massive data holdings.



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.



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

Theme: ‘Towards Indigenous Democracy’

The conference will look to address representation of the Indigenous community in parliamentary decision making process; constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People; native title and its interaction with Traditional Owners Settlement Act; Royal Commission into Family Violence and its application to Indigenous communities; the future of Aboriginal Courts in the justice system; and initiatives to increase participation rates of Indigenous students in law school and towards the legal profession.



25 September 2015: Finn’s Law: An Australian Justice 

A conference that pays tribute to the work of Justice Paul Finn, including his contributions to public law and native title law.



Future Public Law Events


Hold the date: 1 October 2015: Magna Carta: Destiny or Accident? A Public Lecture by the Rt Hon the Lord Judge

A public lecture hosted by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law.


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.


Hold the Date: 14-15 April 2016: The National Law Reform Conference

The National Law Reform Conference will be a forum for research about future directions in six key areas of law in society, including public (constitutional law, Indigenous constitutional issues, governance, administrative law).



Call for paper: 19-20 May 2016: Symposium on Quasi-constitutionality and Constitutional Statutes

Conference co-hosted by New Zealand Centre for Public Law at Victoria University of Wellington, the International Society of Public Law (ICON·S) and Boston College Law School