Welcome to the June edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup. We’d like to thank the Gilbert + Tobin Centre Social Justice Intern, Nakul Bhagwat for again doing an excellent job assisting us in compiling this events post.

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.

Panel Discussion: National Reconciliation Week

Australian National University Centre of International & Public Law

Date: 1 June 2017

Time: 12:30-2:00pm

Location: Australian National University, Canberra

The Centre for International and Public Law is proud to host a panel discussion during National Reconciliation Week. Each panel member will speak on an aspect of their research that affects Indigenous communities. Speakers include Kate Falconer, Dr Anthony Hopkins, Professor Margaret Thornton, Mary Spiers Williams, Associate Professor Asmi Wood and Kristen Zornada.

For more information, see the website.

Seminar: Natural Justice: Past, Present & Future with Justice Margaret Beazley

Australian Institute of Administrative Law

Date: 5 June 2017

Time: 5:30-6:45pm

Location: Ashurst, Sydney

The seminar will be presented by The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO, President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal, and Andrew Carter, Partner at Ashurst.

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.

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

Seminar: The Displacement Project: Perspectives on Climate Change and Planned Relocation in the Pacific

Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

Date: 7 June 2017

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney

Planned relocation is the process by which communities are assisted by the State to relocate away from dangerous areas to safer ones. Can planned relocation play a role in responding to climate change and disasters? What challenges does it pose, both for relocated and host communities? What important lessons can be drawn from historical cases? Join us for an evening with international law expert, Jane McAdam, and political geographer, Jon Barnett, as they present fresh perspectives on these questions.

For more information, see the website. The event is free however registration is essential and will close on 2 June 2017.

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.

Mabo: The Legacy

TC Beirne School of Law

Date: 9 June 2017

Time: 5:45-8:00pm

Location: University of Queensland, Brisbane

In commemoration of 25 years since the Mabo Decision, the TC Beirne School of Law will be hosting a panel discussion on the legacy of Mabo. Panel speakers include Getano Lui, David Trigger, Murrandoo Yanner and Joshua Creamer.

For more information, see the website. Registration closes on 2 June.

Seminar: Citizenship for Sale: What’s the Objection?

Sydney Law School

Date: 15 June 2017

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Sydney Law School

In recent years, a small, but growing number of countries around the world have begun to offer citizenship for sale (at a considerable price) to individual purchasers. Our moral intuitions tell us that there is something wrong with such schemes. Citizenship, we object, should never be for sale. Professor Helen Irving argues this objection is problematic. It rests upon a priori theories about the nature of citizenship that are questionable and unstable, and that lack connection with what is being bought and sold. The paper – a work in progress – will consider a range of objections to the ‘commodification’ of citizenship, with particular focus on theories of allegiance. It will challenge us to think differently about the value of legal citizenship. Professor Irving teaches Australian and US constitutional law at the Sydney Law School.

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

Public Lecture: Business and Human Rights in an Age of Anti-Globalism

Melbourne Law School

Date: 21 June 2017

Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Location: Federal Court of Australia, Melbourne

For the second event in the 2017 ‘Judges in Conversation’ series, The Hon Mark Kranz Moshinsky (Federal Court of Australia) will be in conversation with Professor Joanne Bauer (Senior Researcher, Business and Human Rights Program, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University, USA) to discuss business and human rights in an age of anti-globalism.

For more information, see the website.

Seminar: The (More) Public Life of Secret Law

Australian National University Centre for Military & Security Law and the Centre for International & Public Law

Date: 28 June 2017

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Location: Australian National University, Canberra

The conduct of covert or otherwise secretive national security activities by government entails an apparent, and often real, disconnection between those activities and the operation of generally applicable rules of public law: such activities are, necessarily, not public and, it has been suggested, cannot or should not be subject to conventional public law rules. Looking across jurisdictions, the inherent risk is that the law governing such activities, interpreted or applied in private and in light of perceived national security imperatives, will diverge from general public law, leading to excess or other error.

In this seminar, Ben Keith, New Zealand’s Deputy Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, will propose that the relationship is evolving away from such disconnection and intermittent correction towards more stable and more effective engagement. He will address current developments that drive greater engagement of public law to national security activities and argue that while changes do not occur only in one direction, the substantive prospect is that the content of governing law is becoming more contested with the potential for national security actions and decisions to become more reliably connected to general public law principles and with the rights and interests that those principles serve to protect.

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 until 10 June. The 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. For more information, see the website.

Public Lecture: In Conversation with the Chief Justice of the United States

Melbourne Law School

Date: 20 July 2017

Time: 6:30-7:30pm

Location: Melbourne Law School
The Chief Justice of the United States, the Hon. John G. Roberts, Jr., will be in conversation with Professor Carolyn Evans, Dean and Harrison Moore Professor of Law, Melbourne Law School.

This event is fully booked. Please email law-events@unimelb.edu.au to be placed on the waiting list. 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.

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

An Address by The Hon Robert French AC: John Forrest and Western Australia’s Part in the Drafting of the Commonwealth Constitution

Constitutional Centre of Western Australia

Date: 26 July 2017

Time: 5:45pm

Location: Constitutional Centre of Western Australia, Perth

The Sir John Forrest Lecture 2017 will be delivered by The Hon Robert French AC, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia.

For more information, see the website. Bookings are essential.

Public 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 Panthéon-Assas.

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.

Public Lecture: Justice Mary Gaudron by the Hon Justice Roslyn Atkinson AO

Selden Society

Date: 24 August 2017

Time: 5:15pm

Location: Banco Court, Brisbane

Mary Genevieve Gaudron was the first woman to be appointed a justice of the High Court of Australia. Gaudron served on the Court as one of its most influential members for 16 years (1987-2003). Gaudron’s career has been described as ‘a classic example of talent and industry triumphant over limited opportunity’. This lecture will be delivered by the Hon Justice Roslyn Atkinson AO.

For more information, see the website.

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.

Public Lecture: Inaugral Lord Atkin Lecture by the Hon Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC

Selden Society

Date: 28 November 2017

Time: 5:15pm

Location: Banco Court, Brisbane

An annual Lord Atkin Lecture has been introduced this year to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Lord Atkin – one of the common law’s most influential judges. The objective of the Lord Atkin lecture is to invite leading contemporary lawyers to discuss key turning points in the common law or challenges that the common law is yet to resolve. The inaugural lecture will be presented by the Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, the Hon Susan Kiefel AC.

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 paper and panel proposals will close on 30 June. For more information, see the website.

IACL World Congress 2018: ‘Violent Conflicts, Peace-Building and Constitutional Law’

Date: 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.

Third Biennial Public Law Conference

Melbourne Law School

Date: 11-13 July 2018

Location: Melbourne Law School

The Public Law Conference series is the pre-eminent regular forum for the discussion of public law matters in the common law world. Melbourne Law School will host the Third Biennial Public Law Conference, co-organised by the University of Melbourne and the University of Cambridge.

The 2018 conference, co-convened by Mark Elliott (Cambridge) and Jason Varuhas (Melbourne), will feature approximately 70 speakers from across the common law world, and bring together over 300 delegates to discuss the most important issues in public law today. The convenors have confirmed the participation of a number of leading judges and scholars from common law jurisdictions. The full list of confirmed speakers can be found here.

The theme of the conference is “The Frontiers of Public Law”. The theme is intended to invite engagement with a range of questions concerning both boundaries within public law and the boundaries of public law. Among the questions that fall within the theme are ones concerning the relationship between and the respective boundaries of public and private law; the distinction between domestic and international law, and public law’s response to it; the notions of global administrative and constitutional law and their relationship with domestic systems of public law; the boundary between law and politics viewed from a public law perspective; and the scope of application of public law norms. A fuller description of the conference theme can be found here.

The call for papers is now open and will close on 25 August 2017. 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 panel and paper proposals will close on 10 October 2017. For more information, see the website.