Welcome to the third AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup from across the country, and this time with a few international events that we thought might be of interest to you. The Events Roundup is divided into two sections. The first provides information on public law events happening in the next two months (September and October 2015). The second provides a list of more distant events.

Remember, if you have a conference or significant public lecture that you would like included in this roundup, please contact us at auspublaw@unsw.edu.au.


Gabrielle Appleby

AUSPUBLAW Blog Coordinator


Public Law Events: September-October 2015

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

Melbourne, Victoria

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 

Australian National University

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



27-30 September 2015: Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference

Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra

The conference theme is ‘The Future of Politics’.

It will feature a Politics and Law Network panel with Anika Gauja and Nicole Bolleyer (Democratic Self-Defence Before and After 9/11: Anti-Extremist Measures in Established Common Law), Graeme Orr (Ritual and Rhythm in Elections), Andrew Banfield, Keith Dowding, Matthew Kerby, Shawn Treier (Political Preferences and Judicial Behaviour), Andrew Banfield (The value of a Justice) and Kath Gelber as the Chair.

Also featured at the APSA Conference is the 2015 Sir Samuel Griffith ‘State of the Federation’ Symposium: Federal Reform in Australia: Is There Life In/After the White Paper? The Hon. Dr John Bannon AO will be the  special guest speaker at the symposium. RSVP for this session by 22 September to SamuelGriffith2015@griffith.edu.au



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

Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW Law and Rule of Law Institute of Australia

A public lecture by the Right Hon the Lord Igor Judge on ‘Magna Carta: Destiny or Accident’. Lord Judge will examine the Magna Carta in its contemporary context and discuss its surprising survival. Before his retirement in 2013 Lord Judge was Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.

Please register by 23 September (www.eventbrite.com.au/event/17686865892/).


1-2 October 2015: Public Law Weekend

Centre of International and Public Law, ANU College of Law

Theme: Constitutional deliberations

Constitutional law has largely neglected deliberation as a value. This may be due to the assumption that political power is simply an exercise in collecting and wielding partisan power, rather than deliberating. Constitutional cases and research frequently therefore revolve around a narrow triad of values: liberty, equality and anti-corruption. Yet research into deliberation has challenged old assumptions about political power and prompted new ways of understanding the development or impact of constitutional norms.



Future Public Law Events


20 November 2015, Kaldor Centre Annual Conference

Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW

Theme: Protection Elsewhere, But Where?: Natinal, Regional and Global Perspectives on Refugee Law

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

Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW and AACL

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

Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW Law, and the Public Law and Policy Research Unit, University of Adelaide

The second ‘Public Law in the Classroom Workshop’, an annual event on public law teaching research and practice.


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

Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW Law

Annual conference 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

Australian National University

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 papers: 19-20 May 2016: Symposium on Quasi-constitutionality and Constitutional Statutes

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



Hold the date: 12-14 September 2016: Cambridge Public Law Conference

University of Cambridge Centre for Public Law

Theme: ‘The Unity of Public Law?’

Further details and call for papers due soon. Follow @PublicLawConf for updates.