Welcome to the May 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.

S 109 and the High Court – The Recent Inconsistency Decisions in Wreck Bay and Outback Ballooning

The Constitutional Centre of Western Australia in conjunction with the Australian Association for Constitutional Law

Date: 8 May 2019

Time: 5.45pm (for 6pm start) to 7pm

Location: Constitutional Centre of WA, 40 Havelock St, West Perth

This seminar will examine two recent decisions on inconsistency between Commonwealth and State laws under s 109 of the Commonwealth Constitution: Williams v Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council [2019] HCA 4 and Work Health Authority v Outback Ballooning Pty Ltd [2019] HCA 2. The speakers are Jen Perera and Jane Godfrey from the WA State Solicitor’s Office, and the seminar will be chaired by Ben Tomasi from the WA State Solicitor’s Office.

Register at ccevents@dpc.wa.gov.au

Free Speech on Campus in the United States and Australia

The University of Queensland, TC Beirne School of Law and School of Political Science and International Studies.

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 (Michigan State University) will discuss similarities and differences between American and Australian law and also American and Australian responses to these conflicts.

For further information and to register click here.

2019 Supreme Court of Queensland Oration: 100 years after Federation. Is it different?

The University of Queensland, TC Beirne School of Law

Date: 13 May 2019

Time: 5.15 pm for 5.30 pm start followed by refreshments

Location: Supreme Court of Queensland.

The years immediately after Federation threw up a number of questions that reflected the legal, social and economic issues of the day and fell to be resolved within the new constitutional framework that came into play upon Federation. One hundred years later, with a larger population and a more diverse society many of those same issues remain before the High Court of Australia. This short dissertation examines the similarities and the differences in legal thinking on the same issues in the years after Federation and in the first two decades of the 21st Century.

The 2019 Supreme Court of Queensland Oration will be presented by The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor-Designate of New South Wales.

Registration for this event closes on 7 May. For further information and to register, click here.

Book launch: Human Rights and Participatory Politics in Southeast Asia

Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

Date: 17 May 2019

Time: 1:00 pm – 1.30 pm.

Location: Lecture Theatre 2080, Abercrombie Business School, The University of Sydney

Associate Professor Catherine Renshaw (Thomas More Law School, ACU) in conversation with Alex Oliver (Director of Research, Lowy Institute)

In Human Rights and Participatory Politics in Southeast Asia, Catherine Renshaw recounts an extraordinary period of human rights institution-building in Southeast Asia. She begins her account in 2007, when the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed the ASEAN charter, committing members for the first time to principles of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.

In 2009, the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights was established with a mandate to uphold internationally recognized human rights standards. In 2013, the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration was adopted as a framework for human rights cooperation in the region and a mechanism for ASEAN community building. Renshaw explains why these developments emerged when they did and assesses the impact of these institutions in the first decade of their existence.

For further information and to register, click 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.

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

Date: 1-3 July 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 of UNSW will deliver the welcome and opening remarks.

For further information, 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 + Tobin Centre for 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 – 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, 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).

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. Early bird registrations close on 12 May 2019.

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
 
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’.

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’.

Registrations are now open at special ‘early bird’ rates.

For further information about the program and registration click 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.