Welcome to the June 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.

First up, we have three opportunities to share: the first for funding for projects relating to administrative law in the ACT (closing 4 June), the second a call for papers for the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law’s Postgraduate Workshop in Public Law (closing 31 July), and the third a call for papers for the Young Scholars Forum at the Melbourne Institute of Comparative Constitutional Law (closing 11 August).

Call for applications: AIAL Grants for Projects Relating to Administrative Law in the ACT
Australian Institute of Administrative Law
Date: Applications due 4 June 2019
The Australian Institute of Administrative Law invites Canberra-based individuals or organisations to submit an application for a grant of up to $5,000 for a project related to ACT administrative law or Commonwealth administrative law impacting on residents of the ACT. The proposed project could be from a diverse range of activities, including: print or on-line publications; research; public events or activities; artwork; and law reform. The selected projects are expected to have tangible outputs and public benefit. The project should be completed by 31 October 2019.

Please submit a short written Proposal of no more than four pages (+ any necessary attachments) by Tuesday 4 June 2019 to the AIAL Secretariat at aial@commercemgt.com.au. The Proposal should cover: 1. Name of Project; 2. Amount requested (maximum $5,000); 3. Name of Project leader and associated organisation (if any); 4. Contact details; 5. Brief description of Project;  6. Anticipated tangible outcomes and public benefit; 7. Budget; 8. Proposed timelines.
Successful applicants will be advised on Friday 14 June 2019.

For inquiries about the application process please contact the AIAL Secretariat (aial@commercemgt.com.au).

Call for papers: 2019 Postgraduate Workshop in Public Law

Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW Law

Date: 23-24 September 2019 (applications due 31 July 2019) Location: Law Building, UNSW Kensington, Sydney

The Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law in the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales invites abstracts for its 2019 Postgraduate Workshop in Public Law. The Workshop is an opportunity for higher degree research students in the field of public law to gain experience in presenting their work to their peers and the wider academic public law community in a critically constructive yet supportive environment. While there are several generalist conferences held each year which postgraduate students can attend, the Centre’s biennial Postgraduate Workshop in Public Law is focused on public law issues and as such is an opportunity for students to network with others working in their area.
We invite abstracts from currently enrolled postgraduate research students (Masters, PhD and SJD students) studying full-time or part-time in the field of public law.

The event, including a dinner for Workshop participants on the evening of 23 September, is FREE to all delegates who are asked to cover their own costs for accommodation and travel to Sydney. Some limited funds are available for travel assistance to those delegates who can make a case based on special need. But we request that support is sought in the first instance from a delegate’s home institution.

The 2019 Workshop will feature a keynote/panel discussion on Monday 23 September between Professor Rosalind Dixon, A/Professor Ben Golder and Justice Carlos Bernal Pulido of the Constitutional Court of Colombia.

To register, please send the following to gtcentre@unsw.edu.au, being sure to put ‘Postgraduate Workshop’ in the subject line:
• your name, institutional affiliation and contact details; and
• a brief abstract of your paper (max. 400 words).
Registrations with abstracts must be submitted by 31 July 2019. Acceptance will be confirmed by correspondence no later than 7 August.
For further information, see here.

Call for papers: Young Scholars Forum, Melbourne Institute of Comparative Constitutional Law

Melbourne Law School

Date: 9-11 December 2019 (applications due 11 August 2019)
Location: Melbourne Law School

The MICCL is a gathering of approximately 20-30 scholars, including junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and leading international senior scholars. Its aim is to develop the study of comparative constitutional law through exchange between leaders and emerging scholars in the field.

The MICCL meets over three days. The first two days involve seminars from leading scholars in the field of comparative constitutional law and experts on particular legal systems. The final day will be devoted to a workshop of the papers by junior scholars in the field. Papers on all aspects of comparative constitutional law, broadly conceived, are eligible.

Applications are invited from scholars in full-time post-doctoral fellowships or from entry level academics (i.e. academics who have held a full-time academic appointment for no more than 5 years) to attend the MICCL, and who wish to submit a paper for discussion on the final day.  In cases of exceptional need, a bursary may be considered to assist successful candidates for travel-related and/or accommodation expenses, with payment made as a reimbursement after the event. Applications are due by 11 August 2019. For further information and application instructions, see here.

On Equal Footing: Litigating LGBTI Equality

LGBTI Working Group, Victorian Bar

Date: 4 June 2019
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: Neil McPhee Room, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East, 205 William St, Melbourne

The LGBTI Working Group of the Victorian Bar proudly invites you to hear from leading anti-discrimination and equal opportunity law practitioners about how to identify LGBTI discrimination, and run effective cases in response, including commentary on relevant exemptions, and consideration of relevant leading cases in this fascinating, complex and intensely human area of the law.

For more information and to register click here.

The Problem of Political Participation

Melbourne Law School

Date: 6 June 2019
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm (light refreshments from 12:45 pm)
Location: Room 608, Level 6, Melbourne Law School

Australia is not immune from the worldwide trend to reduced participation in the democratic process. Despite compulsory voting, voter turnout rates in Federal and State elections have been declining. In the recent Victorian State election, the voter turnout rate fell from 93% of enrolled electors to just over 90% – the lowest percentage for 73 years. Polls and election results reveal growing voter alienation from established parties and processes.

In this seminar, Paul Thornton-Smith of the Victorian Electoral Commission explains what’s been happening in Victoria, outlining the behaviour of particular groups of voters. And Andrea Carson, Associate Professor, Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, looks at the broader picture, with particular reference to the role of the media.

For more information, see here.

Does the Law Protect Social Groups? Freedom of Association in Comparative Perspective

Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland

Date: 7 June 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Level 3, Forgan Smith Building, The University of Queensland
This paper is an initial exploration of the contours of the protection offered by freedom of association in comparative perspective with the aim of ultimately facilitating an evaluation of the extent to which law protects social groups. It is presented by Dr Maria Cahill, a Lecturer in the School of Law, University College Cork, Ireland, and chaired by Professor Nicholas Aroney of the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland.
More information is available here.

The Third Coming of American Plutocracy

Melbourne Law School

Date: 11 June 2019
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm (light refreshments from 12:30 pm)
Location: Room 920, Level 9, Melbourne Law School

Associate Professor Tim Kuhner from the University of Auckland will present a chapter from his new edited volume, “Democracy by the People: Reforming Campaign Finance in America” (co-edited with Eugene Mazo and published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press). “The Third Coming of American Plutocracy,” will expose the similarities between the different eras in which American democracy has been hijacked by wealth. And it will culminate in an analysis of how President Trump has added to the pre-existing problem of government by and for the wealthy. In conclusion, the speaker will invite reflections on Australia’s vulnerabilities the sort of ‘legalized corruption’ that has become well established in the United States.

For more information, see here.

Indigenous Electoral Inclusion

Electoral Regulation Network, NT and SA Chapter

Date: 20 June 2019
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Dining Room, Parliament House, Mitchell St, Darwin NT
This is the inaugural event for the new combined chapter of the Electoral Regulation Research Network for the Northern Territory and South Australia. The theme of the event is Indigenous electoral inclusion, widely conceived to include Indigenous political participation, engagement, and representation.

More information is available, here.

Women in an Era of Anti-Elitism: Responding to the challenge of rising populism and its threat to gender inclusivity (Women in Asia Conference 2019)

Women’s Forum of the Asian Studies Association of Australia
Date: 21 to 23 June 2019
Location: UNSW Sydney, Kensington

There is a significant populist trend in which ‘elites’ are increasingly seen as being ‘out of touch’ with ‘ordinary people’. This is manifest across the globe but includes Asia. WIAC2019 considers the role and position of women in Asia in an era of anti-elitism. A range of pressing social, economic and legal challenges face the nation-state and regional stability due to rising populism in Asia.

For more information about the conference, and to register, click here.

Book Launch: Born at the Right Time: A Memoir by Professor Ron McCallum

University of Sydney Law School

Date: 25 June 2019
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Sydney Law School, Law Foyer (Level 2), New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown

You are invited to celebrate the book launch of Born at the Right Time, a memoir by Professor Ron McCallum, proudly hosted by The University of Sydney Law School and supported by Ability First Australia.

Special guest The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of New South Wales and Sydney Law School alumna, will officially launch the book.

For more information and to register, click here.

Research Impact in Law and Policy: Challenges, Choices and Lessons Learned from the UK Experience

TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland
Date: 27 June 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Sir Harry Gibbs Moot Court (247), Level 2, Forgan Smith Building, The University of Queensland

This presentation looks at the how legal researchers in the UK have sought to have impact and what lessons might be learned from their experience.  It does so with a particular eye to the future, looking at the implications for researchers, law schools, universities and funders, as well as the ways that users of research might be affected for better or worse.  Among the matters it will consider are the extent to which attention to the UK experience might translate to the Australian context, and across social sciences and humanities disciplines more widely than just Law.     

The research will be presented by Lawrence McNamara, who is a reader at the University of York and a Senior Research Fellow at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

More information is available here.

Born at the Right Time: Ron McCallum Alumni Book Launch and Signing

Monash University Faculty of Law

Date: 4 July 2019
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Monash Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Blind from birth, Ron regards himself as fortunate to have been born at a time when ever improving technology has enabled him to live a rich and full life, and to become a professor of law at one of Australia’s most prestigious universities. In this endearing memoir, Ron recounts his social awkwardness and physical mishaps, and shares his early fears that he might never manage to have a proper career, find love or become a parent. He has achieved all this and more, becoming a professor of law at a prestigious university, and chairing a committee at the United Nations.
For more information and to register, click here.

The annual Kirby Lecture in International Law: New Zealand, Australia and International Human Rights: 1919-2019

ANU Centre for International and Public Law
Date: 4 July 2019
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm (refreshments will be served from 6pm)
Location: Molonglo Theatre, JG Crawford Building #132, Lennox Crossing, Acton ACT

In this tribute to the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, Sir Kenneth Keith ONZ KBE QC will reflect on international human rights issues in which Australia and New Zealand have engaged over the past century. Why have the members of the three branches of government of the two countries taken concordant or discordant positions on those matters? What roles have the academy and the wider public played?
For further information and to register, click here.

Interdisciplinary Workshop in Understanding and Responding to Right-Wing Terrorism

UNSW, Gilbert and Tobin Centre of Public Law and Centre for Crime, Law and Justice

Date: 15 and 16 July 2019
Location: Boardroom, Law Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
Western democracies continue to regard the greatest threat of terrorism as coming from Islamic terrorism. Legal and non-legal strategies to combat terrorism, such as community inclusion initiatives, immigration restrictions and new criminal offences, have been developed with this specific threat in mind. Nevertheless, there is a growing recognition of the significant threat posed by right-wing extremism.
This two day workshop brings together domestic and international experts from a range of disciplines to discuss the implications of the growth of right-wing terrorism, the distinctive challenges it poses, and best practice in terms of legal and non-legal responses. In particular, this workshop seeks to evaluate whether the strategies that have been adopted to date in response to Islamic extremism are ‘fit for purpose’ in responding to right-wing terrorism.

This workshop is by invitation only. For further information, click here.

Book Launch: Sir Owen Dixon’s Legacy

University of Sydney Law School

Date: 16 July 2019
Time: 5.30 to 7:00 pm
Location: Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown, University of Sydney
Sir Owen Dixon is the most renowned jurist Australia has ever produced. His lasting significance stems not only from a mastery of the technique of the common law, but from his involvement in many of the most important decisions in Australia’s legal history. During the course of his long tenure on the High Court of Australia, Dixon oversaw the development of virtually every branch of the law. This volume (edited by John Eldridge and Timothy Pilkington) contributes to the understanding of Dixon’s jurisprudence, his judicial method and present-day significance. It ranges widely over the various branches of the law which were enriched by his contributions. The contributors include leading scholars and jurists from across Australia. Bret Walker SC will give the key address at this book launch.
For further information and to register, click here

Selden Society 2019 lecture series: Oliver Wendell Holmes and the First Amendment

Selden Society

Date: 18 July 2019
Time: 5.15 pm for 5.30 pm followed by refreshments
Location: Banco Court, Level 3, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, 415 George St, Brisbane
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841 – 1935) was a scholar and jurist of indisputable brilliance, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential judges in the English speaking world. Modern First Amendment law can be traced directly to a series of eloquent dissents by Holmes in subversive advocacy cases in the aftermath of the First World War. In the centenary year of his most famous dissent, this lecture examines a man of complexity and apparent contradictions through the prism of his approach to freedom of speech cases and seeks to identify what contemporary lawyers can learn from Holmes’ life experience, philosophy and eloquent contributions to the law.

The lecture will be presented by Lionel Hogg, partner of Gadens since 2002.

Registration for this event will be open in June. Further information will be provided here.

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, 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).

For further information, click here.

The Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference

Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University

Date:  26 July 2019
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Location: The Arena, NAB Docklands, 700 Bourke Street, Docklands, Melbourne.

Topics for this year will include racism and hate speech; refugees; an LGBTQI panel; privacy and big data; the death penalty and more.

For further information and to register, click here.

2019 Allen Hope Southey Memorial Lecture: Engineers: The Drama of its Day in the Climate of its Era

Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, Melbourne Law School

Date: 25 July 2019
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Conference Centre, Level 10, Melbourne Law School

Who were the heroes of the Engineers’ Case? In this free public lecture, The Honourable Justice Stephen Gageler AC reflects on the people behind the landmark decision. There was the young Robert Menzies, counsel for the successful party, who was permitted by the High Court to challenge its earlier decisions. There was Frank Leverrier KC, who appeared for the Commonwealth and ably supported Menzies’ argument. Most prominently, there was Samuel Griffith and Isaac Isaacs, who stood on either side of a debate about the federal compact that culminated in the Court’s decision. But Griffith and Isaacs were as committed to the resolution of their debate by an Australian High Court as they were to their own views. By the time of the decision, Griffith had foreseen the need for old doctrines to be revised, and the new era of post-war Australia provided the conditions for Isaacs’s view to prevail over Griffith’s.

The public lecture will officially commence the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies (CCCS) 2019 Constitutional Law Conference which will be held on Friday 26 July.

For more information and to register, 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
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’.
The conference will be followed by a book launch and a closing dinner. The book launch will celebrate the publication of Dr Dylan Lino’s Constitutional Recognition: First Peoples and the Australian Settler State (Federation Press, 2018), with remarks by Professor Marcia Langton AM.
The after-dinner speaker at the conference dinner will be The Hon. Kenneth M Hayne AC QC, on the subject of ‘On Royal Commissions’.

For further information about the program and registration click here. (Early bird registration closes 16 June)

Digital Legislation
Law, Science and Technology Program, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland
Date: 23 October 2019
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Seminar Room 3, UQ Brisbane City, Level 6, 293 Queen Street, Brisbane

In this talk, Professor Guido Governatori will introduce the paradigm of Digital Legislation, namely, norms in a normative system that are available in a digital format, executable by machine and understandable by humans. He will present a vision of Digital Legislation and its benefits, and also outline a technical roadmap to implement this vision.

Professor Guido Governatori leads the research activities on Legal Informatics and Computational Law at CSIRO’s Data61.

More information on this event is available here.

Patron’s Address: The Academy and the Courts: what do they mean to each other today?

Australian Academy of Law

Date: 31 October 2019
Time: 5:15 for 5:30 pm
Location: Banco Court, Level 3, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, 415 George St, Brisbane
One of the purposes for which the AAL was founded was to provide a bridge between the academy and the courts. This draws attention to their relationship in the past and the present. To what extent does the judiciary look to the academy for the purposes of its decision-making? What does the academy take from those decisions? Was there a time when the courts looked to the academy more often and when the academy spoke to the courts? What, if any, changes have taken place which affect the possibility of this communication? The Patron’s address, delivered by The Hon Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, will discuss these and related topics.
For further information and to register click here

“Constitutional Resilience in South Asia” Workshop

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.