Welcome to the December edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup. This will be the last roundup for 2017; the roundup will recommence in February next year.

In addition to our public law events roundup, we would like to draw your attention to the following exciting AUSPUBLAW opportunity:

The International Society for Public Law (ICON-S) is pleased to launch the International Society for Public Law Book Prize. The prize will be awarded to an outstanding book in the field of public law that transcends dichotomies between the national and the international as well as between Constitutional Law and Administrative Law. Preference will be given to entries which, in dealing with the challenges of public life and governance, combine elements from the above with a good dose of political theory and social science. The first prize will be awarded at the Society’s next annual meeting in Hong Kong (featured below) to a book published in the 2016 and 2017 calendar years. Nominations should be sent, together with an up to 200-word long justification of the proposal, to icons@icon-society.org by 31 December 2017. For more information regarding the nomination procedure and eligibility requirements, see the 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.

Annual Harry Evans Lecture: The appropriateness of parliamentary and executive immunities in the 21st century

Date: 1 December 2017

Location: Parliament House, Canberra

In this public lecture, Bret Walker SC will address two related issues that Harry Evans himself consistently regarded as vital to the healthy operation of the Houses: (1) the prohibition on any questioning outside parliament of the freedom of speech in parliament; and (2) the proper limits of a chamber’s powers to compel the provision of information, including documents.

For more information please 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.

For more information, see the website.

Book Launch: Crown and Sword: Executive Power and the Use of Force by the Australian Defence Force

ANU Centre for International and Public Law, and ANU Centre for Military and Security Law

Date: 7 December 2017

Location: ANU College of Law

The Australian Defence Force, together with military forces from a number of western democracies, have for some years been seeking out and killing Islamic militants in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, detaining asylum seekers for periods at sea or running the judicial systems of failed states. It has also been ready to conduct internal security operations at home. The domestic legal authority cited for this is often the poorly understood concept of executive power, which is power that derives from executive and not parliamentary authority.

In an age of legality where parliamentary statutes govern action by public officials in the finest detail, it is striking that these extreme exercises of the use of force often rely upon an elusive legal basis. This book seeks to find the limits to the exercise of this extraordinary power.

For more information please see the website.

2017 Final Courts Round-up

Date: 7 December 2017

Time: 5:30-7pm

Location: Sydney, Federal Court Building

Papers will be given by Professor Tonja Jacobi (Northwestern School of Law), Professor Simon Young (Hong Kong University Faculty of Law) and Assistant Professor Rehan Abeyratne (Chinese University of Hong Kong).

Freedom of Religion or Belief: Creating Constitutional Space for Fundamental Freedoms

University of Notre Dame Law School, University of Adelaide Law School and International Center for Law and Religion Studies at the J Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University

Date: 14-16 February

Location: Sydney (14-15 February) and Adelaide (16 February)

This conference will bring together leading international scholars, working in the area of law and religion and constitutional theory. Please see the website for more information.

2018 Public Law in the Classroom

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

Date: 22 February 2018

Time: 10:30am-4:30pm

Location: Law Building, University of New South Wales

This will be the fourth annual Public Law in the Classroom workshop for teachers of Australian public law, which has become a unique forum in which teachers of Australian public law can share ideas and inspire one another. Registration is free and includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

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 importance and challenges of Indigenous issues, perspectives and law in public law classrooms. The second session will showcase cutting edge teaching approaches in the area of assessment in public law courses, especially when teaching large and/or online cohorts. The final session will be a discussion of the intersection between teaching and the practice of public law. The workshop will also again feature a poster session on new techniques for, and insights into, teaching public law. Those who submit an abstract for a poster may also, if they wish, be considered for a presentation during the second session, provided their topic fits within the theme of the second session.

Abstracts are invited from tertiary teachers of public law for the Poster Session and Workshop Session 2. The abstract must contain your title and a brief explanation of your proposed poster or presentation. Please submit abstracts by Friday, 29 September 2017 to gtcentre@unsw.edu.au.

For more information, see the website.

2018 Constitutional Law Conference and Dinner

Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW

Date: 23 February 2018

Time: 8:30am-5:00pm

Location: Art Gallery of New South Wales

A major conference on constitutional law, the seventeenth consecutive staging of this flagship event will focus on developments in the High Court and other Australian courts in 2017 and beyond. It will be addressed by leading practitioners, judges and academics.

Justin Gleeson SC, former Commonwealth Solicitor-General, will present the morning keynote paper on the High Court on constitutional law in 2017. The cases to be covered include the implied freedom of political communication challenge in Brown v Tasmania; the section 44 disqualification cases concerning citizenship and Bob Day’s indirect pecuniary interest (Re Day (No 2)); and the Commonwealth’s authority to conduct the same sex marriage postal survey (Wilkie v Commonwealth).

The conference will be followed by dinner at NSW Parliament House, hosted by NSW Attorney-General, the Hon Mark Speakman SC MP, and the guest speaker will be the Hon Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia.

Click through for general and academic registration.

At 5:15 pm, following the conference and adjacent to the conference theatre, the Hon Justice Stephen Gageler AC will launch Australian Constitutional Values (Hart Publishing, 2018) edited by Professor Rosalind Dixon. Registration details for this event will follow shortly.

For more information, see the website.

‘New Citizenship’ Conference: Law, Legal Status and Belonging in the 21st Century

Sydney Law School, the Constitutional Reform Unit & Sydney Centre for International Law

Dates: 15-16 March 2018

Location: Sydney Law School

Laws and policies governing citizenship and nationality are undergoing dramatic challenges and changes in Australia and around the world. This conference will explore these developments, with interdisciplinary perspectives on: new citizenship deprivation regimes; changes to naturalization tests and eligibility; evolution of dual citizenship and entitlements of dual citizens; changes to immigration laws affecting access to citizenship; the impact of international law on national citizenship laws, and many more.

For more information, see the website.

Save the Date: George Winterton Memorial Lecture

University of Western Australia

Dates: 26 March 2018

Time: 6pm

Location: UWA University Club

More details will be available soon. In the meantime, please check the website for more information.

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 Congress is the major 4-yearly event organised by the IACL and includes several plenary keynote sessions as well as many workshops. The Congresses bring together constitutional lawyers, scholars and judges from across the world and are a wonderful opportunity to expand one’s own knowledge of constitutional law, make connections across borders and present one’s work in a constructive and interested environment.

Those interested are encouraged to consider attending the Congress and submitting a paper to one of the workshops (the deadline is end of March 2018), or to propose a workshop on a topic of your choosing (there is space for 6 open workshops to be developed by attendees, the deadline for proposals is 15 October 2017).

If you are considering attending, have any questions or want to discuss your ideas for proposed papers or workshops, please feel free to contact Elisa Arcioni (elisa.arcioni@sydney.edu.au) or Professor Adrienne Stone (Vice President of the IACL): a.stone@unimelb.edu.au. The AACL can provide a letter noting the significance of the Congress if that would assist in any applications for funding and if there is sufficient interest, we will arrange a social gathering for the Australian constitutional lawyers who attend the Congress.

For more information, see the website.

2018 ICON-S (International Society of Public Law) Conference

Dates: 25-27 June 2018

Location: Hong Kong

The overarching theme of the Conference will be ‘Identity, Security, Democracy: Challenges for Public Law.’ It will feature addresses by esteemed lawyers including the Hon Geoffrey Ma, Chief Justice of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, and the Right Hon Lord Neuberger, former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. The conference will convene panels, featuring distinguished academics and practitioners, on the topics of Diversity, Identity and Human Rights, Courts and Democratisation, and Technology and Public Law. Professor Rosalind Dixon will deliver closing remarks.

For more information, see the website.

Third Biennial Public Law Conference

Melbourne Law School

Dates: 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.

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.

For more information, see the website.