Welcome to the February 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.

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.

SCIL International Law in Review Conference

University of Sydney Centre for International Law

Date: 23 February 2018

Location: University of Sydney Law School

The Sydney Centre for International Law at Sydney Law School is delighted to present the sixth International Law Year in Review Conference, to be held at the Law School on 23 February 2018. The conference will give participants insight into the latest developments in international law over the preceding year, especially those most salient for Australia.

Speakers at the conference will include leading academics, practitioners and government lawyers, and will provide an in-depth and critical analysis of contemporary developments in international law, in areas including public international law and treaty-making, international humanitarian, human rights and criminal law, and regional approaches to international law. Participation will enable lawyers and non-lawyers alike to remain abreast of important trends in international affairs.

Highlights of the day will include a keynote address by Professor Ivana Bacik (Trinity College Dublin) on ‘Marriage Equality and Abortion Rights in Ireland’; and a literary lunch with award winning journalist and foreign correspondent Peter Greste, author of ‘The First Casualty’.

Please see the website for more information.

‘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’

International Political Science Association

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.

2018 National Administrative Law Conference: Administrative Law in the 21st Century and Beyond

Australian Institute of Administrative Law

Dates: 27-28 September 2018

Location: University of New South Wales, Sydney

The overarching theme for the 2018 AIAL National Administrative Law Conference will be ‘Administrative Law in the 21st Century and Beyond’. This invites consideration of a range of current and future-focussed issues. We seek papers that explore both emerging issues and new ways of looking at ‘old problems’. We particularly note the following relevant subthemes:

  • the impact of technology on administrative decision making and review;
  • judicial review and challenges to major executive policy;
  • international/global administrative law, including both the impact on domestic law and Australia’s place in the global administrative law order; terrorism and national security and administrative law;
  • debates around a national integrity agency;
  • Indigenous issues and administrative law, including broader governance issues; and
  • the intersection of environment and planning law and administrative law, at both a state and federal level.

The Institute encourages contributions on these Conference subthemes but is also interested in   finding space for those with fresh perspectives or ideas not reflected in the suggested range of topics above.

Please send written proposals for a paper by Friday 6 April 2018 by email to: aial@commercemgt.com.au

For more information, see the website.

Kaldor Centre Annual Conference 2018

Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

Date: 23 November 2018

Location: University of New South Wales

Save the date. More information will be available soon.