Welcome to the May edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup. We’d like to thank Nakul Bhagwat, the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law social justice intern, for his assistance in compiling this events roundup.

We would also like to draw readers’ attention to the extension for nominations for the Saunders Prize to 14 May 2017. More information is available here.

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.


Pathways to Social Justice Lawyering

Australian National University College of Law

Date: 3 May 2017

Time: 5:00-6:00pm

Location: Australian National University, Canberra

Four recent ANU Law graduates will talk about the career paths they have taken since graduating, from Masters study to refugee advocacy, legal aid representation to health policy.

For more information, see the website.

In Conversation with Kim Beazley AC and Fred Chaney AO

Constitutional Centre of Western Australia

Date: 8 May 2017

Time: 6:00-7:15pm

Location: Constitutional Centre of Western Australia

Kim Beazley AC and Fred Chaney AO will be sharing memories of their time in Federal Parliament with Peter Kennedy.

For more information, see the website.

Regulating Westminster Parliaments: The sharp end

Centre for Public and International Law, Australian National University

Date: 10 May 2017

Time: 5:30-7:00pm

Location: Australian National University, Canberra

In this lecture, Andrew McDonald will consider the story of the UK’s Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and reflect on its new Australian namesake. What lessons does the former have for the latter? And what hopes should we have for the new kid on the Canberra block?

For more information, see the website.

Seminar: Legitimate Crowdsourced Constitution-Making

Sydney Law School

Date: 11 May 2017

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Sydney Law School

The seminar will be presented by Dr Carlos Bernal, an associate professor at Macquarie Law School. His paper critically analyses essential features of crowdsourced constitution-making, its potential for enhancing democratic participation and legitimacy, and its challenges and risks.

For more information, see the website. The event is free however registration is essential.

Structured Proportionality after McCloy and Murphy

Australian Association of Constitutional Law (NSW Branch)

Dates: 17 May 2017, 5:30pm-7pm

Location: Courtroom 1, Level 21, Federal Court of Australia, Sydney

The speaker for this seminar is Ms Shipra Chordia. The commentators are Nicholas Owens SC and Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby. The seminar is chaired by the Hon Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE CBE QC .

The Importance of Community Legal Centres

Monash University

Dates: 18 May 2017, 5:30pm

Location: Monash University, Melbourne

Join Professor Jeff Giddings for an open discussion on the importance of community legal centres and how they provide access to the legal system for groups of vulnerable people, such as early school leavers or those experiencing financial disadvantage.

As the Director of the Monash-Oakleigh Legal Service Jeff is well versed in helping the community to use the law to protect their rights and broaden their awareness of legal processes. He has been involved in community legal centres in Victoria and Queensland since the 1980s as a student, volunteer, salaried lawyer and management committee member.
Jeff’s research focuses on access to justice, alternative dispute resolution and legal education.

The event is free but RSVP is required by 12 May. 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

Dates: 26–27 May 2017

Location: Bond University, Gold Coast

The Conference will bring together an interdisciplinary network of academics, policy-makers and professionals engaged in legal, international relations and public policy research examining Australia in a globalised world. The Conference will feature a keynote address by Professor Kim Rubenstein and ten sessions covering a diverse range of fields.

The call for papers has closed, but registrations remain open. A preliminary program is available here. For more information, see the website.

The Race, Whiteness and Indigeneity International Conference

National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network

Dates: 6-8 June 2017

Location: Surfers Paradise, Queensland

This conference begins an interdisciplinary conversation focusing on race, whiteness and Indigeneity within the context of settler colonialisms in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Hawaii. It offers an opportunity to participate in increasingly voluble and global conversations about the denial and significance of race, whiteness and Indigeneity in the 21st century. The conference not only introduces new theoretical developments and knowledge, it also provides researchers and policy makers with an engaging forum in which to discuss the historical and contemporary links between race, Indigeneity and whiteness. Bringing together leading national and international scholars working in Critical Race Studies, Indigenous Studies and Whiteness Studies, the conference will initiate conversations about race, Indigeneity, whiteness and their mutually constitutive relationships. The conference will feature four plenary sessions related to future directions for teaching, research and policy plus concurrent sessions and roundtable discussions.

The call for individual papers and roundtables will close on 5 May. For more information, see the website.

Seminar: Constitutional Directive Principles

Sydney Law School

Date: 8 June 2017

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Sydney Law School

In this seminar, Dr Lael Weis will present her recent research on constitutional directive principles. Directive principles are an increasingly common way of constitutionally entrenching fundamental social values and provide an alternative to rights provisions. They place binding but typically non-justiciable obligations on the state to promote social values, and are designed to be given effect by means other than direct judicial enforcement—predominantly, by legislation. Understanding these unique provisions presents important challenges for the standard legal constitutionalist picture of social values constitutionalism that have been overlooked by scholarship to date. By defining these challenges, Dr Weis hopes to show why directive principles merit greater attention by constitutional theorists than they have received to date, and why their analysis requires a new theoretical framework.

For more information, see the website. The event is free however registration is essential.

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 until 10 June. A program is available here. For more information, see the website. 

International Association of Genocide Scholars Conference 2017

‘Justice and the Prevention of Genocide’

TC Beirne 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.

The call for papers has closed, but registrations remain open. Early bird registrations are available until 14 April. For more information, see the website.

Australian Institute of Administrative Law National Conference

Australian Institute of Administrative Law

Dates: 20-21 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 Brendan Lim.

Early bird registrations are available until 14 May. For more information, see the website.

Free lecture: Boundaries of Public Law

Melbourne Law School

Date: 26 July 2017

Time: 6:00-7:30pm

Location: Melbourne Law School

Now a well–established field of law and doctrinal inquiry, public law has nevertheless either lost its self-evident “autonomy” in the continental systems (as in France) or never acquired such a privileged status (UK, and possibly Australia), despite its development. Redefining the boundaries of public law now seems more necessary than ever. This may raise questions as to the status of the core concepts in the field, and a willingness to challenge the very nature of the “publicness” of public law. The lecture will be delivered by Professor Denis Baranger, a leading public law scholar at the Université PanthéonAssas.

For more information, see the website.

Accountability & the Law Conference 2017

The Australia Institute

Date: 17 August 2017

Location: Canberra

Weak accountability laws, low levels of public disclosure and the lack of a federal anti-corruption watchdog make many cases of undue influence and soft corruption at a federal level hidden from public view. With experts from across legal and academic fields, the Conference will discuss the weaknesses in the current federal accountability system and suggest mechanisms for reform. Speakers include Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus QC, Senator Nick Xenophon, George Williams AO, Bret Walker SC, Noel Hutley SC, Professor AJ Brown, Associate Professor Joo Cheong Tham and Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby.

For more information, see the website. Registration is now open.

Conference: 1917: Intervention, Revolution and International Law(s)

Melbourne Law School

Dates: 24-25 August 2017

Location: Melbourne Law School

The Laureate Program in International Law will host a conference at Melbourne Law School from 24–25 August. Entitled ‘1917: Revolution, Intervention and International Law(s)’, the conference will be convened by Ms Kathryn Greenman, Professor Anne Orford, Ms Anna Saunders, and Dr Ntina Tzouvala. It marks the 100-year anniversary of the October Revolution and the passage of the revolutionary Mexican constitution.

This conference will draw together a range of scholars and disciplines in order to explore the place of revolution in the international legal order. How did or does international law conceptualise or juridify revolution? What different mechanisms did international law employ in response to the various challenges posed by revolution to particular interests, regimes or paradigms (of property, peace, or politics)? What different forms of intervention (through the laws of war, of expropriation, or of restitution) did they prompt? In the wake of a revolutionary event, should we speak of international law, or rather of rival international laws? Is international law’s structure a means of countering or containing revolution?

The call for papers is now closed. For more information, see their website.

Conference to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Federal Court of Australia

ANU Centre for Commercial Law and Centre for International and Public Law

Dates: 8-9 September 2017

Location: Sydney

This conference will mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Federal Court.  Current and former Federal Court Justices and leading academics and practitioners will consider the contribution of the Court to the development of Australian law.

Confirmed speakers include The Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO, The Hon Justice Michelle Gordon, The Hon Justice Mark Weinberg, The Hon Justice Andrew Greenwood, The Hon Justice Alan Robertson, The Hon Justice John Griffiths, The Hon Justice Debra Mortimer, Prof Elise Bant, Prof Mick Dodson AM, Prof William Gummow AC, Prof Mary Keyes, Dr Jeremy Kirk SC, Mr Russell Miller AM, Assoc Prof Jeannie Paterson, Prof Joellen Riley, Prof Peta Spender, Prof James Stellios, Prof Miranda Stewart and Prof Fiona Wheeler.

Further details, including those regarding registration, will be forthcoming.

Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law Annual Conference 2017

‘The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants’

Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

Dates: 24 November 2017

Location: University of New South Wales, Sydney

In 2018, world leaders will adopt two landmark documents – a Global Compact on Refugees, and a Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration. Amidst debate about what these agreements should contain and how ambitious they should be, the 2017 Kaldor Centre Conference takes stock of where we are so far, and anticipates what developments we will see in the lead-up to their adoption in 2018. The Conference will bring together leading international and local experts involved in the process to share their insights and projections. The keynote speaker will be Professor Elizabeth Ferris, a leading expert on forced migration at Georgetown University and the Brookings Institution.

For more information, see the website.

Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference 2017

Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand

Dates: 6-9 December 2017

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand

The conference will explore the important and inherent component of the law and society discipline: justice. Justice seeks a safe, fair and just society. The Conference sub themes are:

  • Cultural justice:culture includes age, socio-economic status, gender, urban/rural, ethnicity and religion. Thus cultural justice includes fairness in relation to cultural and demographic information, barriers and challenges;
  • Transitional justice: an approach to achieve justice in times of transition from conflict, colonisation and/or state repression, including the rights of victims, rights of Indigenous Peoples, promoting civic trust and strengthening the democratic rule of law; human rights abuses, violence, and truth commissions;
  • Criminal justice:including sentencing, sexual violence, miscarriages of justice, prisons and prisoners;
  • Gender justice: ending inequalities between women and men that are produced and reproduced in the family, the community, the market and state;
  • Justice institutions, practice and practitioners:including alternative dispute resolution, therapeutic justice, problem solving courts, procedural justice, restorative justice, collaborative law, legal education, legal services/assistance, litigants, the judiciary, legal ethics, future of legal institutions, practice and practitioners.
  • Environmental justice:specifically considering the development for legal standing and fair treatment of non-humans including trees, rivers, national parks and animals.

The call for papers will close on 14 July. For more information, see the website.

The Law, Literature & Humanities Association of Australasia Annual Conference 2017

‘Dissents and Dispositions’

The Law, Literature & Humanities Association of Australasia

Dates: 12-14 December 2017

Location: La Trobe Law School and Melbourne Law School

The Conference invites explorations of the dispositions of law and jurisprudence, and how these relate to dissents, resistance and transformation. We call for re-examinations of the dispositions of critique, and the conduct of dissent. Researchers and others working in any area of law or the humanities, broadly conceived, are called to share your own engagements with dissents and dispositions. As with previous conferences, we especially welcome scholarship into relationships with indigenous jurisprudences and the humanities, Asian and Australian humanities and jurisprudences and the regional elaboration of the South.

The call for stream proposals will close on 27 March and for paper and panel proposals on 30 June. For more information, see the website.

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 (‘IACL’). 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.

World Congress of Political Science

‘Borders and Margins’

Dates: 21-26 July 2018

Location: Brisbane

The post-Cold War acceleration of globalization and the multi-layered consequences of the 9/11 terrorist attacks have had profound effects on borders. These borders create margins, through which administrative and military bureaucracies, NGOs, activists, and more-or-less organized criminals and terrorists operate, empirically and conceptually. The evolution of information technologies has transformed the traditional “border as a barrier” by enclosing people into groups with common identities and interests, dispersed throughout the globe but virtually connected.

The call for submissions opens on 10 May 2017. For more information, see the website.