Welcome to the February edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup. This is the first Events Roundup for 2017.

Remember, if you have an AUSPUBLAW opportunity, conference or significant public lecture, being held any where around Australia or the world, that you would like included in this roundup, please contact us at auspublaw@unsw.edu.au.


Book Launch: On Fantasy Island – Britain, Europe and Human Rights by Conor Gearty

AHRCentre and the Gilbert +Tobin Centre of Public Law

Date: 7 February 2017

Time: 1-2:30pm

Location: Staff Common Room, Law Faculty, UNSW

Join the launch with Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law and former Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, London School of Economics and Andrew Byrnes, Professor of International Law, and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Australian Human Rights Centre, UNSW Law. Gearty’s new book dispels myths about the UK Human Rights Act and, in the Brexit era, underlines the importance of keeping the existing legal framework for protecting human rights. Byrnes will comment from an Australian perspective on recent developments in rights protection and debates.

A light lunch will be served.

More information, including registration, available here.

Seminar: Revamping Associative Obligations

Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence

Date: 8 February 2017

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Sydney Law School

Professor George Pavlakos from the School of Law, University of Glasgow, will give a paper arguing for an interpretation of the Dworkin’s associative account of political obligations that does not make political obligation dependent on the coercive institutions of the state.

For more information, see the website.

Law Oration 2017 with The Honourable Robert French AC

Victoria Law Foundation

Date: 9 February 2017

Time: 6:00-7:30pm

Location: Banco Court, Supreme Court of Victoria, Melbourne

The 13th annual Law Oration will be presented by the The Honourable Robert French AC on the topic ‘Rights, Freedoms and the Rule of Law.’

For more information, see the website.

7th Annual Human Rights Tertiary Teachers Workshop 2017

Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

Date: 14 February 2017

Time: 9.30am-4.30pm

Location: Monash University Law Chambers, Melbourne

The workshop provides a chance for teachers of human rights law in tertiary institutions to come together to share ideas about approaches to teaching and learning in the area of human rights.  Participants from all disciplines are welcome.

For more information, see the website.

In Focus: VLAD the Repealer

Queensland Law Society

Date: 15 February 2017

Time: 12.30-2.00pm

Location: Law Society House, Brisbane

This lunchtime seminar will explain the management of serious and organised crime matters following the 2016 repeal of the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act 2013 (Qld) (VLAD) and the subsequent enactment by the Queensland Parliament of the Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment Act 2016 (Qld).  It will be presented by Terry O’Gorman, Partner, Roberston O’Gorman Solicitors.

For more information, see the website.

Public Law in the Classroom 2017

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

Date: 16 February 2016

Time: 10:30am–4:00pm

Location: University of New South Wales, Sydney

The day will be presented in three sessions, with plenty of time for discussion and sharing of practice in each. The first session will examine the way in which public law theories and values shape our teaching. The second session will showcase cutting edge teaching practices, techniques, and technologies, as well as research into public law teaching. The final session will be a panel discussion on the possibilities and challenges presented by the research-teaching nexus in public law.

For more information, see the website.

2017 George Winterton Memorial Lecture

‘Sir Owen Dixon Today’

Professor William Gummow AC QC

Sydney Law School

Date: 16 February 2017

Time: 6:30pm–7:45pm

Location: Banco Court, Supreme Court of NSW, Sydney

More than half a century since his retirement and nearly 90 years since he joined the High Court, Sir Owen Dixon remains at the forefront of the judicial pantheon. Yet in the period following his death in 1972 some law teachers and even judges tended, to his detriment, to associate with Dixon the epithet “legalism”; this was seen to cloak undisclosed “policy choices” and, at best, as a crippling formalism. But even a cursory reading of decisions over the last 20 years reveals continued recourse to his judgments.

This paper seeks to indicate how Dixon’s reputation was acquired and the characteristics of his thought and work which today sustain much of that reputation.

For more information, see the website.

2017 Constitutional Law Conference and Dinner

Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law

Date: 17 February 2017

Time: 8.30am-5.00pm

Location: Art Gallery of NSW and NSW Parliament House, Sydney.

This is the 16th annual Constitutional Law Conference. Session One keynote speakers will include Associate Professor Sarah Murray, University of Western Australia and Richard Niall QC, Solicitor-General of Victoria, who will discuss developments in constitutional law during the 2016 term in the High Court and the Federal and State Courts respectively.  Cases explored in Session Two will include Murphy v Electoral Commissioner and the Culleton and Day matters.  Session Three will feature a panel discussion on Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice.  The panel will be moderated by Dr Nicola McGarrity, UNSW, and will include Ms Belinda Baker, Crown Prosecutor, NSW Bar, Professor Jeremy Gans, University of Melbourne, Jonathon Hunyor, CEO, Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Hon Justice Margaret McMurdo AC, President of the Queensland Court of Appeal.  Session Four will look at Constitutional Referendums: 40 Years Since the last ‘Yes’ Vote’.  Speakers in this session will include Professor Megan Davis, UNSW, Dr Paul Kildea, UNSW and David Coleman MP..

The conference will be followed by a Conference Dinner at NSW Parliament House.   The Guest speaker at the Dinner will be the Hon Catherine Holmes, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Registrations for the conference and dinner are now open.

For more information, see the website.

Book Launch: Great Australian Dissents

Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law

Date: 17 February 2017

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

The Hon Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE GBM will launch Great Australian Dissents, edited by Professor Andrew Lynch (Cambridge University Press, 2016) immediately after the conclusion of the Constitutional Law Conference.  The launch is free but registration is essential for all, including conference attendees.

For more information, see the website.

National Human Rights Inaugural Conference

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights

Date: 17-18 February 2017

Location:  La Trobe University’s City Campus in Melbourne

ALHR is hosting its inaugural annual ALHR Human Rights Conference. The Conference will bring together attendees from the law, academia, business and community sectors to examine topical human rights issues and strategically plan pathways forward for human rights advocacy and research in Australia.

The unique blend of practical legal focus, education and discussion offered by the ALHR National Human Rights Conference aims to benefit lawyers and advocates concerned with the promotion and protection of human rights.

For more information see the website.

Academic Symposium: Affective Shifts Inside and Outside the Nation and Body: Rethinking How Refugee Research is Engendered

UNSW Forced Migration Research Network

Date: 21 February 2017

Time: 9:00am-5:00pm; Evening event from 5:00pm-7:00pm

Location: University of New South Wales, Art & Design Campus, Paddington, Sydney

This interdisciplinary symposium is an attempt at rethinking ways of analysing spaces and socialities with a focus on research with refugees and asylum seekers.

For the event program, see here.  For more information, see the website.

Conference: Refugee Alternatives: Improving Policy, Practice and Public Support

Refugee Council of Australia and UNSW’s Grand Challenge on Refugees & Migrants

Dates: 22-23 February 2017

Time: 8:30am

Location: University of New South Wales, Sydney

This will be the inaugural Refugee Alternatives Conference, to be held by the Refugee Council of Australia in conjunction with UNSW.  It is a two-day event that will focus on improving policy, practice and public support for refugee and asylum seeker issues.  Keynote speakers include Munjed Al Muderis and Gillian Triggs.

For more information, see the website.

Call for Papers: AIAL National Conference

Australian Institute of Administrative Law

Dates: 24 February 2017

The annual AIAL Conference will be held in Canberra on 20-21 July 2017.  The overarching theme for the Conference will be ‘Ripples of affection—Administrative law and communities’.  This theme covers a range of topics, set out on the AIAL website.  The Institute is calling for papers on this theme.  Written proposals must be sent by email to aial@commercemgt.com.au by Friday 24 February 2017.

For more information, see the website.

Mahla Pearlman Oration and Award Presentation 2017

Environment and Planning Law Group of the Law Council of Australia’s Legal Practice Section and the Environment and Planning Law Association (NSW) Inc

Date: 9 March 2017

Time: 5:00-7:00pm

Location: Federal Court of Australia, Sydney

The Mahla Pearlman Oration and Award for Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year honours the memory of the former Chief Justice of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales Mahla Pearlman.  The 2017 Oration will be delivered by Professor Jane McAdam, UNSW, and its title is ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go? Shaping International Responses to Climate Change, Disasters and Displacement.’ Nominations for the Award close on 10 February 2017.

For more information, see the website.

National Integrity 2017

Transparency International Australia and Griffith University’s Centre for Governance and Public Policy

Date: 16-17 March 2017

Location: Novotel Brisbane

Robust discussion on all we value, and all we can strengthen, in Australia’s systems of integrity, accountability and anti-corruption Never has there been a better time for government, business and civil society to come together
to map out new solutions for stopping corruption and supporting integrity in public life. Since 2012, Australia has slipped from 85 to 79 on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. In a faster, more competitive, ‘post-factual’ world, never has there been greater need for stronger positive strategies for combatting the pressures on integrity.

For more information, see the website.

Public lecture: Andrew Inglis Clark: The Tasmanian Prophet of the Coming Republic

University of Tasmania

Date: 15 March 2017

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus

This lecture will be given by Professor Henry Reynolds.  It will be on the topic of the contemporary relevance of the ideas of Andrew Inglis Clark, the only ‘Father of Federation’ who was a republican.

For more information, see the website.

20th Commonwealth Law Conference

‘Thriving in a Global World: Building on the Rule of Law’

Commonwealth Lawyers Association

Dates: 20–24 March 2017

Location: Melbourne

The theme of the 2017 conference, “Thriving in a global world: building on the rule of law” presents a unique canvass to consider legal issues in our globalised world that both innovate and challenge lawyers practicing today.

The conference sessions will focus on current trends in Corporate & Commercial law; the legal profession; the rule of law, and other contemporary legal topics. It is the ideal venue to meet and discuss with professional colleagues topics relevant to your professional area of interest.

For more information, see the website.

Save the Date: Biennial Interdisciplinary Conference of the Transnational, International and Comparative Law and Policy Network

‘The Law and Politics of Control and Power’

Transnational, International and Comparative Law and Policy Network

Date: 26–27 May 2017

Location: Bond University, Gold Coast

The keynote speaker for the Conference is Professor Kim Rubinstein.  Confirmed speakers for the opening panel are Professor Jonathan Crowe, Faculty of Law, Bond University, who will present on ‘Three Illusions of Modern Politics’, Dr Sally Sargeant, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University, who will present on ‘Conformity, Compliance and Control: Insights from Psychology’ and  Dr Caitlin Byrne, School of International Relations, Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University who will present on ‘Contesting power: perspectives from international diplomacy’.

Abstracts and proposals for papers are due by 1 February 2017 and should be sent to ticlp@bond.edu.au.

For more information, see the website.

2017 ICON-S Annual Conference

‘Courts, Power and Public Law’

International Society of Public Law

Dates: 5-7 July 2017

Location: Copenhagen

The call for papers for this conference can be found here.  Submissions must be made by February 15, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by April 1, 2017.  For more information, see the website.

International Association of Genocide Scholars Conference 2017

‘Justice and the Prevention of Genocide’

TC Bernie School of Law and the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

Dates: 9–13 July 2017

Location: University of Queensland, Brisbane

Nearly seven decades after the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the hopes embedded in that document remain largely unfulfilled. The theme of the 2017 IAGS conference revisits the two core components of the Convention: justice for acts of genocide and prevention of future genocides.

Submissions exploring any topic related to the study of genocide are welcome, and submissions on the following themes are particularly encouraged:

  • Application of international and domestic law for justice, accountability and prevention
  • Theories and methods of prevention of genocide and mass atrocities
  • Indigenous experiences of and responses to genocide, in particular Australian Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Cases of genocidal violence in the Asia Pacific region
  • Sexual and gender-based violence
  • Genocide and disability
  • Justice and prevention in the context of refugees of genocide
  • Representations of genocide in culture, art and museum studies
  • Genocide education
  • Genocide and human rights
  • Intersections between genocide studies and peace studies

For more information, see the website.

Save the Date: IACL World Congress 2018

Dates: 18-22 June 2018

Location: Seoul

This will be the tenth World Congress of the International Association of Constitutional Law.  Further details about the Congress, including the event program and a call for papers will be released later this year.

For more information, see the website.