Welcome to the July edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup.  We would like to draw your attention to the annual New South Wales Young Lawyers Public Law and Government Committee’s Sir Anthony Mason Constitutional Law Essay Prize, which is open to undergraduate and Juris Doctor law students.  Students are invited to submit a 2,500 word essay on one of the set topics to NSW Young Lawyers by 8 September 2017.  First prize includes $1000, a book voucher and the opportunity have your paper published on the AUSPUBLAW Blog.  For further details, including the set essay topics and other entry requirements, please see the Public Law and Government Committee website.

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.

Constitutional/Legal Aspects of a Possible Aboriginal Treaty in the Northern Territory

Law Society of the Northern Territory

Dates: 5 July 2017

Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Location: Law Society of the Northern Territory

This CPD lecture is part of a series being delivered by Graham Nicolson, a former Crown Solicitor of the Northern Territory that explore issues related to and the development of the Northern Territory Constitution.  This lecture will explore the constitutional and legal issues of a treaty between the Northern Territory government and representatives of the Aboriginal peoples of the Northern Territory.

For more information, see the website.

Health Rights and Older People: Is a convention for the human rights of older people the Answer?

Melbourne Social Equity Institute, Melbourne Law School and the Hallmark Ageing Research Institute

Dates: 5 July 2017

Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Location: University of Melbourne

This free public lecture will be delivered by Jean V McHale, Professor of Health Care Law and Director of the Centre for Health Law and Science at the University of Birmingham.  It will consider the marginalisation and exclusion of older people from certain forms of health care and ask what the implications of a Convention for the rights of older people would be for older people and the delivery of health care services.

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 program is available here. For more information, see the website.

Racist Stereotypes, Resistance and Reclaiming Dignity

Wingara Mura Committee, Sydney Law School

Dates: 6 July 2017

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Location: Redfern Town Hall

This lecture is being held to commemorate NAIDOC Week.  It will feature Dr Nicole Watson, Sydney Law School, Dr Fady Aoun, Sydney Law School and Dr Amanda Porter, University of Technology, Sydney.  The MC will be Jeff McMullen.  There will be a discussion of the racist stereotypes about Aboriginal people that had become ingrained in everyday life in Australia by at least the early twentieth century, and of the way in which these stereotypes have been resisted by generations of Aboriginal people.

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.

For more information, see the website.

Towards a Global Compact on Refugees: Recent Developments

Australian National University, Centre of International & Public Law

Dates: 11 July 2017

Time: 12.30-1.30pm

Location: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra

This is a monthly lunchtime seminar in which CIPL members hear short presentations on recent developments in international law by specialists.  The presentations are followed by general discussion.  The July seminar will be presented by Ellen Hansen, Special Adviser reporting to the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at UNCHR Headquarters in Geneva.

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’.

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

Time: 8:30am-5:30pm

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.

Following the conference, at 5.45pm, Laureate Professor Emeritus Cheryl Saunders AO will launch Dr Brendan Lim’s book, Australia’s Constitution After Whitlam (2017).

For more information and registration details, see the website.

Public Lecture:  Between Law and Convention: Ministerial Advisers in the Australian System of Government

Australian Senate Occasional Lecture Series

Date: 21 July 2017

Time: 12.15pm-1:15pm

Location: Parliament House Canberra

In this lecture, Dr Yee-Fui Ng, RMIT University, will trace the rise in the power and significance of Australian ministerial advisers. The lecture will show the fundamental shift of the locus of power from the neutral public service to highly political and partisan ministerial advisers. It will address the issue of whether there are any constitutional conventions that regulate the appearances of ministerial advisers before parliamentary committees. This lecture draws on material from interviews with prominent Australian ministers and members of parliament from all political persuasions.

For more information and registration details, see the website.

Justice in Transitional Circumstances

Julius Stone Institute, University of Sydney

Date: 25 July 2017

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Sydney Law School

Colleen Murphy, Professor of Law, Philosophy and Political Science, University of Illinois will examine the question of the appropriate standards of justice in transitional circumstances.

For more information and registration details, see the website.

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, Sir John Forrest Lecture 2017

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.

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

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 PanthéonAssas.

For more information, see the website.

The never-ending struggle for LGBTIQ human rights in the United Nations with the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

Australian Human Rights Centre

Date: 31 July 2017

Time: 6:00-7:30pm

Location: UNSW, Kensington

Since his retirement as a Justice of the High Court of Australia, the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG has been a participant in many United Nations activities.  At this event he will address the struggle to include effective responses to violence and discrimination against LGBTIQ people in the human rights machinery of the world.

For more information, see the website.

ALRC inquiry into the incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Australian National University, Centre of International & Public Law

Date: 7 August 2017

Time: 3:00-4:00pm

Location: Australian National University, College of Law

Judge Matthew Myers AM will speak about his work as ALRC Commissioner on the inquiry into the incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

For more information, see the website.

The Australian Human Rights Centre Annual Lecture 2017 with Professor Phillip Alston

Australian Human Rights Centre and UNSW’s Grand Challenge on Inequality

Date: 10 August 2017

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Location: UNSW, Kensington

Professor Phillip Alston is the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.  He is John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and co-Chair of the law School’s Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice.  His lecture will address the threat that growing inequality around the world presents to democracy and human rights and asks what the human rights movement, which has so far had little to say on these matters, can offer in response.

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.

Current Legal Issues Seminar:  Statute Law and Common Law

TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Bar Association of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Law and Supreme Court Library of Queensland

Date: 17 August 2017

Time: 4:45-6:00pm

Location: Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, Brisbane, Australia

The CLI seminar series features leading national and international legal scholars, practitioners and members of the judiciary.   In this seminar, Adam Pomerenke QC will speak on the ‘symbiotic’ relationship between the common law and statute law and coherence across Australia’s ‘one system of jurisprudence’.  The commentator will be Dr Stephen Donaghue QC, the Commonwealth Solicitor-General, and the Hon Justice Peter Applegarth of the Supreme Court of Queensland will be the chair.

For more information, see the website.

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

Selden Society, Justices of the High Court Lecture

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 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 the website.

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

Australian National University, 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.

For more information, see the website.

2017 Sir Anthony Mason Constitutional Law Address and Presentation Night

New South Wales Young Lawyers, Public Law and Government Committee

Date: 26 September 2017

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Location: Level 22 Chambers, Sydney

Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE GBM QC will give an address before presenting the prizes for the 2017 Sir Anthony Mason Constitutional Law Essay Prize.

For more information, see the website.

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 closes on 14 July. For more information, see the website.

Save the date: 2017 Comparative Constitutional Law Round Table and Final Courts Round-up

Date: 7 December 2017

Location: Sydney

Further details about these annual events will be forthcoming.

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 closes 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.