Welcome to the March 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.

Seminar: Transitional Justice in Regional Human Rights Courts and the Paradoxes of International Justice

Australian Human Rights Centre and the UNSW Network for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law

Date: 1 March 2017

Time: 5:30pm

Location: UNSW Law School

David Kosař, Judicial Studies Institute, Masaryk University Law School, and Lucas Lixinski, UNSW Law, will give a paper exploring ways in which transitional justice has been articulated and adjudication by two regional human rights courts, the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

For more information, see the website.

Panel: All at sea: Comparative perspectives on turning back boats

Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW and Macquarie University

Date: 1 March 2017

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Allens Linklaters, Sydney

The panel will feature Dr Daniel Ghezelbash, Macquarie Law School, Rear Admiral James Goldrick AO, CSC RAN (Retired) and Adjunct Professor at UNSW at Canberra (ADFA), Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax, Queen Mary University of London and Frances Voon, Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law. It will examine what is known about the turning back asylum seekers at sea, including the law, policy and practice in Europe, the United States and Australia. The event will be chaired by Professor Natalie Klein, Dean of Macquarie Law School.

For more information, see the website.

Seminar: Rights and Regulation

Institute for International Law and the Humanities

Date: 2 March 2017

Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Location: Melbourne Law School

Hilary Charlesworth, Laureate Professor, Melbourne Law School, will discuss the implications of regulatory theory for the protection of human rights.

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.’

For more information, see the website.

ILS International Law Breakfast Series: UK Supreme Court Brexit decision – what implications does it have for Australian treaty making

Law Council of Australia, International Law Section

Date: 14 March 2017

Time: 7:50 for 8:00am

Location: Marque Lawyers, Sydney

Henry Burmester AO QC, former Chief General Counsel of the Australian Government Solicitor will speak on the implications the UK Supreme Court’s Brexit decision may have for Australian treaty making.

For more information, see the website.

Forum: Trumping American Administrative Law

Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, Melbourne Law School

Date: 14 March 2017

Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Location: Melbourne Law School

Peter Strauss, Betts Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, a leading American administrative law scholar, will speak on the evolving balance between politics and law following the election of President Trump and a Republican party controlled Congress.

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.

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.

Supreme Court Oration 2017: Judicial method in the 21st century

Supreme Court of Queensland

Date: 16 March 2017

Time: 5:15 for a 5:30pm start

Place: Brisbane

The Supreme Court Oration 2017 will be presented by the Chief Justice of the High Court, the Honourable Susan Kiefel AC. This event is fully booked, but there is a waitlist.

For more information, see the website. 

Lecture: The Trump Transition and American Administrative Law

Sydney Law School

Date: 20 March 2017

Time: 5:30 for 6:00pm start

Location: Sydney Law School, New Law Building

This lecture will be given by Peter Strauss, the Betts Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, a leading scholar of American administrative law. Professor Strauss will explore the evolving balance of politics and administrative law in America following the election of President Trump and a Congress controlled by the Republican party.

For more information, see the website.

Public lecture: In Conversation with the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

Melbourne Law School

Date: 20 March 2017

Time: 6:30pm for 7:00pm start

Location: Melbourne Law School

The Hon Michael Kirby, former justice of the High Court will be in conversation with Professor Carolyn Evans, Dean of Melbourne Law School.

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.

Seminar: Bijuralism: Challenges for the Canadian Judiciary Working Across Legal Cultures

Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, Melbourne Law School

Date: 28 March 2017

Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Location: Melbourne Law School

The seminar will be given by the Honourable Madam Justice Julie Dutil, judge of the Court of Appeal of Quebec. Madam Justice Dutil will discuss the origins of bijuralism in Canadian law and the relationship between civil and common law in Canada, as well as canvassing some important judgments of the Supreme Court of Canada that demonstrate the workings of bijuralism.

For more information, see the website.

Public lecture: Allen Hope Southey Memorial Lecture 2017

Melbourne Law School

Date: 29 March 2017

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Melbourne Law School

Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CEO of Save the Children International and former Prime Minister of Denmark will be joined in conversation by Erika Feller, Vice-Chancellor Fellow at Melbourne School of Government and former UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner to discuss the role of governments and civil society organisations in upholding and advocating for human rights around the world.

For more information, see the website.

ILS International Law Symposium: Freedom of Speech and Defamation in an “Alternative Facts” World

Law Council of Australia, International Law Section

Date: 30 March 2017

Time: 4.30pm

Location: Marque Lawyers, Sydney

Has technology trumped defamation legislation? A panel of speakers will examine recent decisions in Australia and around the world. The panel will include Justice Lucy McCallum, Defamation List Judge, Supreme Court of NSW, Professor David Rolph, University of Sydney, Sandy Dawson SC and Matthew Richardson, NSW Bar, Richard Ackland, Justinian and Michaela Whitbourn, Sydney Morning Herald. The panel will be chaired by Judge Gibson.

For more information, see the website. 

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

Abstracts are due by 20 March 2017. Selected papers will be invited to submit to a special issue of the Bond Law Review, a peer-reviewed journal.

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 theme of the Conference will be ‘Courts, Power and Public Law’. The expanding role of courts is arguably one of the most significant developments in late-20th and early-21st century government. This theme provides the opportunity to examine a range of important questions connected with the modern rise in the importance of judicial power. The Conference will feature a keynote address as well as three plenary sessions featuring prominent jurists, intellectuals and decision-makers, and focusing on the general theme of Annual Meeting.

The call for papers has closed, but registrations remain open. A preliminary program is available here. 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.

Australian Institute of Administrative Law National Conference

Australian Institute of Administrative Law

Dates: 21-21 July 2017

Location: Canberra

The theme of the Conference is Ripples of Affection – Administrative Law and Communities. The subtheme to be explored is ‘meeting community expectations – engagement and participation – achieving just and correct outcomes’. The call for papers is now closed.

For more information, see the website.

Centre for Comparative Constitutional Law Conference 2017

Centre for Comparative Constitutional Law, Melbourne Law School

Date: 21 July 2017

Location: Melbourne Law School

The Conference will focus on themes of recent and continuing significance in constitutional law, including non-statutory executive power, proportionality in Australia following McCloy, retrospectivity and the rule of law. The final session of the conference will cover the landmark constitutional law decisions of the ‘French Court’. Speakers will include the Hon Kenneth Hayne AC QC, Justin Gleeson SC, Professor James Stellios, Professor Adrienne Stone, Professor Fiona Wheeler, Associate Professor Leighton McDonald, Associate Professor Kristen Rundle and Dr Brendam Lim.

For more information, see the website.

Save the Date: IACL World Congress 2018

‘Violent Conflicts, Peace-Building and Constitutional Law’

Dates: 18-22 June 2018

Location: Seoul

This will be the tenth World Congress of the International Association of Constitutional Law. The theme of the World Congress is ‘Violent Conflicts, Peace-Building and Constitutional Law’ The World Congress will be hosted and co-organised by the Korean Association of the IACL in collaboration with the Executive Committee of the IACL.

For more information, see the website.