Welcome to the March edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup. A big thankyou to the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law’s social justice intern, Rosie Short, for compiling this roundup.

Before we get to the events roundup, we would like to draw your attention to the following opportunity:

The Holt Prize is an excellent opportunity for early career academics. The Prize is awarded every two years to a first-time author of an unpublished legal work of an academic or practical nature. The winner will receive a $12 000 cash prize and a publishing contract with The Federation Press. The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2019. For more information, see the Federation Press 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.

Judges: Angry? Biased? Burned Out?

National Judicial College of Australia

Date: Saturday 2 March – Sunday 3 March 2019

Time: 8.30 am 2 March – 2.00 pm 3 March.

Location: Australian National University, Canberra

Speaker: Justice Stephen Gageler AC, High Court of Australia

This conference brings together members of the judiciary, academics, policy makers and experts in fields such as psychology, to consider current issues and challenges in the Australian justice system.
Does the experience of emotion impair a judge’s ability to be fair and reasoned in their decision-making? In the midst of the emotionally charged arena of the courtroom, what happens to impartiality? Is it possible, or indeed even desirable, for a judge to remain emotionally detached? The repeated exposure to tragic circumstances places judicial officers at risk of secondary trauma. What can be done to assist in improving judicial well-being and where does this responsibility lie? This conference examines and seeks answers to these important questions.

For further information and to register click here.

Letting Citizens Speak: Ireland’s Referendums and Constitutional Mini-Publics

School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney

Date: 4 March 2019

Time: 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm

Location: Room 203, Level 2 of RD Watt Building, Science Road, the University of Sydney, Camperdown

Ireland has been a trailblazer in the use of deliberative mini-publics to discuss important topics of constitutional reform. The Constitutional Convention of 2012-14 and the Citizens’ Assembly of 2016-18 (whose membership comprised random selections of regular citizens) were established by the Irish government and tasked with considering a series of constitutional reform proposals.

Successful referendums on marriage equality in 2015 and abortion in 2018 have already taken place, with more referendums due in coming months. These provide good examples of how democracies can bring citizens into the heart of discussions over constitutional and political reform.

This talk by Professor David Farrell (University College Dublin) will set out the genesis of these experiments in the midst of Ireland’s worst ever economic crisis. It will review how these mini-publics were established, and their main outcomes. It will consider the common criticisms of forums such as these and consider their wider potential as democratic innovations.

For further information and to register click here.

Access to Justice: Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers – 7th National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference 2019

Law Council of Australia and the Australian Pro Bono Centre

Date: 13-15 March 2019

Time: 5.30 pm 13 March – 4.30 pm, 15 March

Location: Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Canberra ACT 2600

Join legal professionals, judges, government law officers, academics and students from across Australia and overseas to discuss critical and current access to justice issues facing Australians.

For further information and to register click here.

Mahla Pearlman Oration

Legal Practice Section, Law Council of Australia and Environment and Planning Law Association of New South Wales

Date: 14 March 2019

Time: 5.00 pm

Location: Federal Court of Australia, 184 Phillip St, Queens Square, Sydney

The 2019 Oration will be given by Professor Megan Davis, Pro-Vice Chancellor Indigenous at the University of New South Wales. The Oration will also include the presentation of the Mahla Pearlman Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the year award.

The Oration is a free event, however registration is essential.

The Oration will be followed by a dinner hosted by the Legal Practice Section to celebrate the contribution of Professor Christine Trenorden and Justice Michael Barker – tickets for dinner cost $135.

For further information and to register click here.


Administrative Law: Updates and Insights

Law Institute of Victoria

Date: 15 March 2019

Time: 9 am – 12.15 pm

Location: Law Institute of Victoria, Level 13, 140 William St, Melbourne & Webcast

This session is designed to help you navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of administrative law. Receive key insights and advice that can help your practice thrive.

For further information and to register click here.

Freedom of Information and its Applicability to Litigators

Law Society of Western Australia

Date: 19 March 2019

Time: 9.00 am – 10.00 am

Location: Law Society of Western Australia, Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace, Perth, or as webinar.

“Freedom of Information” is a term we often hear about but is not often discussed in much detail. In this session, the Acting Information Commissioner Rachel Crute will discuss the rationale and application of freedom of information legislation including its applicability to litigators. This seminar is a must for litigation lawyers, as well as any lawyer interested in learning more about this highly relevant and topical area.

Further information and registration available here.

Human Rights + Technology: a Community Consultation

Australian Human Rights Commission and Whitlam Institute, Western Sydney University

Date: 20 March 2019

Time: 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Location: Female Orphan School, the Whitlam Institute, Building EZ, Western Sydney University, Cnr James Ruse Drive and Victoria Rd, Rydalmere NSW

The Whitlam Institute will host a community consultation on Human Rights and Technology as part of a major review by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

You’re invited to share your thoughts at Western Sydney’s Human Rights and Technology consultation. We will explore how responsible innovation can harness the opportunities of new technology while guarding against the threats, and why technology should be shaped by human values to protect and promote our rights and freedoms.

For further information and to register click here.

Immigration Law Conference

Law Council of Australia

Date: 21-23 March 2019

Location: Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Canberra

The Department of Immigration commenced in 1945. Since then its name has been altered several times, reflecting changing policy priorities, but always including ‘Immigration’ within the title until the most recent change to the Department of Home Affairs. 2018 commenced as the first year since 1945 that Australia has not had a Department of Immigration.

The Law Council’s 2019 CPD Immigration Law Conference will examine the contemporary priorities of the Department of Home Affairs and the way in which these interact with the operation of the law. It focuses upon the changing priorities of the portfolio from a legal and policy perspective, including important topics such as law enforcement, cyber security, national security, processing delays and the impact of these priorities upon the way in which laws are created and the administration of the law.

For further information and to register click here.

The Next Long Wave of Reform: Where will the Ideas Come From?

Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies (CCCS) at Melbourne Law School and the Accountability Round Table (ART)

Date: 25 March 2019

Time: 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm

Location: Melbourne University Law School, G08, Ground Floor Law, 185 Pelham Street Melbourne

In this 2019 Jim Carlton Integrity Lecture, Terry Moran AC will speak to the period of Australian national development after World War II and the acceptance of macro- and micro-economics as the source of policy ideas from the early 1980s that led to the conversion of the Australian Public Service (APS) to economics as an ideology. He will then address the public’s eventual disenchantment with what this period has delivered before suggesting ideas for reform of the APS to ensure it is fit for the emerging challenges we face.

For further information and to register click here

Technology and the Future of the Courts

The University of Queensland, TC Beirne School of Law

Date: 26 March 2019

Time: 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm

Location: Federal Court, Court Room 1, Level 7, Harry Gibbs Commonwealth Law Courts, 119 North Quay Brisbane

Presenter: Chief Justice James Allsop of the Federal Court

This lecture provides an overview of the role of the court in the uptake of technology (both the Federal Court of Australia and other courts in Australia and around the world). It looks at what has been achieved, what could be achieved, and lessons learnt along the way. The lecture then assesses some of the challenges which may arise throughout this process: namely, the practical obstacles which can arise; the need for behavioural change across the profession; ensuring access to (not obstruction of) justice; and the implications of the use of big data and artificial intelligence for public trust and confidence in the courts as public institutions.

For further information and to register click here.

Free Speech on Campus in the United States and Australia

The University of Queensland, TC Beirne School of Law

Date: 10 May 2019

Time: 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm

Location: Sir Harry Gibbs Moot Court , TC Beirne School of Law, Level 2, Forgan Smith building, The University of Queensland, St Lucia campus, Brisbane

Conflicts about free speech on campus are some of the most important issues playing out in US and Australian colleges and universities today. In the US, national organizations are trying to assist US institutions as they attempt to make space for both free speech and diversity, and as they face conflicts initiated by students, faculty, and those outside the university. In Australia, hateful speech has fewer protections than the US, and former High Court Chief Justice and University of Western Australia Chancellor Robert French has been asked to review rules and regulations related to free speech on campus. In this seminar, Professor Kristine Bowman will discuss similarities and differences between American and Australian law and also American and Australian responses to these conflicts.

Professor Kristine Bowman is a professor of Law at Michigan State University where she recently served as Senior Advisor, Office of the Provost, and Vice Dean of the Law College.

This seminar is co-hosted with UQ’s School of Political Science and International Studies.

For further information and to register click here.

2019 ICON-S (International Society of Public Law) Conference

Date: July 1-3 2019

Location: Santiago de Chile

The overarching theme of the Conference will be ‘Public Law in Times of Change?’. It will feature addresses by esteemed lawyers including Luís Roberto Barroso, Justice of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil and Marisol Peña, Secretary General of the P. Universidad Católica de Chile and former Chief Justice of the Chilean Constitutional Tribunal.
The conference will convene plenary sessions featuring distinguished academics and practitioners, on the topics of ‘Judiciary in Times of Change?’, ‘Crisis or Resurgence of the State?’ and ‘Public Law, Democratic Backsliding and the Erosion of Liberal Democracy’. The conference will also convene panels and a workshop.

Professor Rosalind Dixon will deliver the welcome and opening remarks.

For further information click here

The Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference

Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University

Date: Friday 26 July 2019

Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Location: Monash University Melbourne CBD campus (to be confirmed)

Further information will be provided here shortly.

The 2019 National Administrative Law Conference

Australian Institute of Administrative Law

Date: 18-19 July 2019

Location: Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton, Canberra

The AIAL National Administrative Law Conference is Australia’s pre-eminent administrative law conference, having been held each year since 1991. The aim of the Conference is to provide those involved or interested in Australian administrative law with the opportunity to discuss contemporary issues, share practical experiences and consider future developments. It is proposed that the overarching theme for the 2019 AIAL National Administrative Law Conference will be People, Parliament and the Public Interest.

For further information and to register, as well as for the call for papers, see here.

Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy Annual Conference

Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy

Date: 18-19 July 2019

Location: Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney.

The annual conference of the Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy will be hosted by the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney on 18-19 July 2019.  Keynotes will be delivered by Professor Connie Rosati (University of Arizona) and Professor Ngaire Naffine (University of Adelaide).

The annual book symposium will focus on Natural Law and the Nature of Law by Professor Jonathan Crowe (Bond University), which is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. Commentary will be provided by Professor Margaret Davies (Flinders University), Dr Matthew Lister (Deakin University) and Dr Joshua Neoh (Australian National University).

The ASLP welcomes philosophical or theoretically-oriented papers from any field of legal inquiry. The aim of the ASLP Conference is to provide a forum for the discussion and debate of a range of issues in legal theory, broadly defined. It is by no means restricted to analytic legal philosophy, and we strongly encourage the involvement of participants from other disciplines and the inclusion of topics from outside mainstream legal theory.

A Postgraduate Workshop for PhD students will be held before the conference. The workshop provides PhD students with the opportunity to receive feedback on works-in-progress on any topic in legal theory in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Abstracts for both the ASLP Conference and the Postgraduate Workshop should be emailed to the ASLP President, Dr Kevin Walton, by Wednesday 1 May 2019. Abstracts should be 100-200 words in length.

For further information click here.

2019 CCCS Constitutional Law Conference

Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, Melbourne Law School

Date: 26 July 2019

Time: 8.30 am – 5.30 pm, followed by book launch and conference dinner

Location: Woodward Conference Centre, Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street Carlton, Melbourne.

In 2019 the conference will officially begin on the evening of Thursday 25 July with a public lecture delivered by Justice Stephen Gageler (High Court of Australia) to commemorate the centenary of the Engineers case.

On Friday 26 July the conference will commence with a special panel on ‘Engineers: The Next 100 Years’, followed by panels on ‘The Constitution and National Security: Internal and External’, ‘Constitutional Dimensions of Property’, and ‘Recent Developments in Freedom of Political Communication’.

Confirmed speakers include Dr Stephen Donaghue QC (Commonwealth Solicitor General), Mr Bret Walker SC (Fifth Floor St James Hall Chambers), Mr Graeme Hill (Owen Dixon Chambers West), Mr Craig Lenehan (Fifth Floor St James Hall Chambers), Laureate Professor Emeritus Cheryl Saunders AO (Melbourne), Professor Michael Crommelin AO (Melbourne), Emeritus Professor Jeff Goldsworthy (Melbourne), Professor Adrienne Stone (Melbourne), Dr Cameron Moore (UNE/ANU/UOW),and Dr Lulu Weis (Melbourne).

Cases and legislation to be discussed by the panels include: 
Clubb v Edwards, High Court of Australia, Case M46/2018 (‘Clubb’); Preston v Avery, High Court of Australia, Case H2/2018 (‘Preston’) (Safe Access Zone cases); Unions NSW v New South Wales [2019] HCA 1; Comcare v Banerji, High Court of Australia, Case C12/2018; Northern Territory v Griffiths (a.k.a. the Timber Creek case) High Court of Australia, Case D1/2018; Commonwealth v Commissioner Bret Walker SC, High Court of Australia, Case C7/2018 (discontinued); Spence v Queensland, High Court of Australia, Case B35/2018; New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council v Minister Administering the Crown Lands Act (2016) 260 CLR 232, [2016] HCA 50; Plaintiff M68 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2016] HCA 1; Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 (Cth), Defence Act 1903 (Cth) and current developments in legislation affecting citizenship cancellation.

The conference will be followed by a book launch and a closing dinner. Full details will follow shortly. Registrations are now open at special ‘early bird’ rates.

See further information about the conference programme and how to register on this website.

The 2019 National Administrative Law Conference

The Asian Law Centre and Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at Melbourne Law School

Date: 5-7 December 2019

Location: The Asian Law Centre and Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at Melbourne Law School

Concerns about the stability of democracies, even long-established democracies, have been rising globally. As a region, South Asia has had a tumultuous and varied relationship with constitutional democracy.

Despite presenting a wide range of examples of democratic experimentation in the global South, and housing a huge chunk of humanity, the region has remained relatively ignored by constitutional law and democracy scholars. This workshop aims to begin to address this lacuna by bringing together scholars (especially early career scholars) working on the region to workshop papers on the resilience of democratic institutions in one or more countries in the region.
Papers can look at design and functioning of institutions such as political parties, legislatures, political executive, bureaucracy, courts, 4th branch/integrity institutions, media, and civil society, and their role in strengthening or undermining constitutional democracy.

The organisers are Tarunabh Khaitan (Melbourne), Swati Jhaveri (NUS) and Kate O’Regan (Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford).

For further information and to register, as well as for the call for papers, see here.