Welcome to the July edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup.

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

Call for Applications: 2019 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowships in the Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional Law

Applications are invited from suitably qualified female doctoral and early career scholars to participate in the Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional Law at Melbourne Law School during 2020. The Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowships allow outstanding female doctoral and early career researchers the opportunity to visit Melbourne and work with the program for one to two months each year.

The Fellows will be closely integrated into the Laureate Project and the academic life of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, taking part in project events and workshops, and participating in work-in-progress seminars.

 Applications close 13 October 2019. Further information is available here.

Australian Academy of Law Annual Essay Prize 2019

The Australian Academy of Law is pleased to announce the offering of its Annual Essay Prize for 2019.

The Prize is open to anyone, wherever resident, who is studying or has studied legal subjects at a tertiary level, or who is working or has worked in a law based occupation. There is no limit by reference to the age or seniority or experience of, or position held by, a person who may submit an entry. Accordingly, judicial officers, legal practitioners, legal academics and law students are all eligible to submit an essay.

The amount of the Prize is $10,000.

The essay topic for the Prize in 2019 is as follows:

How do private law and public law interact in Australia? What are, and what should be, the available remedies (public or private or both) where they Interact?

The deadline for submission of an essay is 31 August 2019. Further information is available here.

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.

Book Launch: Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs
Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW
Date: 2 July 2019
Time: 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm
Location: King & Wood Mallesons, Level 61, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Please join bestselling authors Jane McAdam and Fiona Chong when special guest Professor Kerryn Phelps AM launches their new book, Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs: A frank, up-to-date guide by experts.

Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs is a myth-busting book that brings facts to bear on a highly politicised debate. In the five years since McAdam and Chong’s critically acclaimed Refugees: Why seeking asylum is legal and Australia’s policies are not was published, Australia’s deterrence policies have hardened further – even as the number of refugees worldwide has grown. Now, for readers on all sides of politics, comes a wholly updated, highly accessible account of Australian refugee law and policy, outlining what a more humane approach could look like.

Drinks and canapes will be served.

For further information and to register, click here.

National Security and Freedom of the Press
Centre for International & Public Law, ANU College of Law
Date: 3 July 2019
Time: 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Location: Fellows Rd Law Theatre 1, Fellows Road, Canberra

On 4 June the Australian Federal Police executed a search warrant at the home of Annika Smethurst, a News Corp Journalist, in connection with stories published in April 2018 on possible new powers for one of Australia’s intelligence agencies, the Australian Signals Directorate. The next day, a search warrant was also executed in the Sydney office of the ABC, relating to a series of stories published in 2017 on the conduct of Australia’s elite special forces in Afghanistan. These actions have raised a range of issues over the freedom of the press in Australia, but they also concern the protection of whistleblowers, the breadth of offences relating to disclosure of classified and national security information, public scrutiny of intelligence and defence agency investigations and processes, the context of the actions in light of recent legislative developments and the issue and breath of the search warrants involved. This panel discussion will provide an opportunity to explore the legal framework surrounding these issues, their history and ongoing impact, and the possibilities of reform.

For more information and to register, see 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
Centre for International and Public Law, ANU College of Law
Date: 4 July 2019
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm (refreshments will be served from 5.30 pm)
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.

The Return of Politics and the Modern National Security Vetting Landscape
Australian Association of Constitutional Law
Date: 5 July 2019
Time: 12.45-2.00 pm
Location: Sydney Law School Common Room (Level 4)

In recent years, the body of law which governs national security issues in the United Kingdom has undergone reform, matching the late 1980s and early 1990s for the scale and significance of the change. The law around surveillance has been completely overhauled by the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, and the government is committed to an Espionage Bill which will bring the law on official secrets up to date with the express intention of restoring it to the government’s security arsenal. One significant element of the law on national security, however, remains unreformed: that which relates to the vetting of individuals with access to information and to places which might permit them to damage the interests of the state. With reference to recent examples of individuals whose security clearance has been denied or delayed, this paper considers the regime of security vetting and its anomalies, arguing for a fundamental rationalisation of the practice.

The event will feature Dr Paul Scott (University of Glasgow) as speaker and Dr Rayner Thwaites (University of Sydney Law School) as commentator.

Australia and the Refugees who Come by Boat
Ideas & Society Program, La Trobe University
Date: 8 July 2019
Time: 6.15 pm – 8.30 pm
Location: Clemenger Auditorium, National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

During the course of 2013 the governments of Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott together created the harshest asylum seeker deterrence policy in the history of Australia. Two of Australia’s most respected social justice fighters, Julian Burnside QC and Professor Frank Brennan SJ have been following Australia’s asylum seeker policy for decades. On many questions connected to asylum seekers who come by boat their viewpoints differ.

They will be speaking to the following questions:

What should be Australia’s asylum seeker/refugee policy?
What ought to be done to help those refugees living in Australia on temporary protection visas?
How can the lives of the nine hundred still on Nauru and Manus Island be saved?
And most deeply, how can the cruelty of Australia’s asylum seeker policy be explained?

We are extremely grateful that one of the Manus Island detainees, the great Kurdish writer Behrouz Boochani, author of No Friend But the Mountains, has agreed to speak to us by skype about the six year ordeal faced by those still marooned on Nauru or Manus Island. The debate will be moderated by Dr Madelaine Chiam, a scholar from La Trobe University’s Law School, and introduced by La Trobe University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar.

For further information and registration, click here.

Counter-terrorism Review in the United Kingdom
Centre for Military & Security Law and Centre for International & Public Law, ANU College of Law
Date: 9 July 2019
Time: 5.30-6.30 pm
Location: Fellows Rd Law Theatre 1, Building 6, ANU College of Law Fellows Rd, Canberra

Counter-terrorism review is an understudied phenomenon, and yet in the United Kingdom there is a vast assemblage of actors, processes and mechanisms that engage in evaluative review in the counter-terrorist space. Based on an 18-month empirical study and a forthcoming book ‘Accountability and Review in the Counter-Terrorist State’ (2019, Bristol University Press; with Blackbourn and Morgan), this lecture presents three key arguments: a. that counter-terrorism review is a critical mechanism for enhancing accountability in counter-terrorism, b. that the counter-terrorism review assemblage in the United Kingdom operates as a ‘pluralistic jumble’ that is largely successful in ensuring counter-terrorism is subjected to meaningful evaluation, but c. that realising the accountability-enhancing potential of such review depends largely on executive and legislative willingness to commit to accountability in counter-terrorism. This requires a fundamental dispositional shift in the United Kingdom.

Speaker: Professor Fiona de Londras

Further information and registration information available here.

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Understanding and Responding to Right-Wing Terrorism
Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and Centre for Crime, Law and Justice, UNSW Law
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 pm 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 and further information are available here.

The 2019 National Administrative Law Conference
Australian Institute of Administrative Law
Date & Time: 1.00 pm, 18 July – 4.00 pm 19 July 2019
Location: Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton, Canberra

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. The Conference will be relevant to: government decision-makers; those affected by decisions, and their advisers; members of review bodies, tribunals and courts; policy developers; public lawyers; academics; and others with an interest in Australian administrative law.

The overarching theme for the 2019 AIAL National Administrative Law Conference is 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.

Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society Annual Conference: Does Law’s History Matter? The Politics of our Disciplinary Practices
Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society (ANZLHS)
Date: 11-14 December 2019
Location: City Queen Campus, Victoria University, 256 Queen St, Melbourne
Deadline for Abstracts: 21 July 2019

Writing law’s history has long been understood as a purposeful practice, both necessary and never complete, as the eminent British historian F.W. Maitland noted more than a century ago. Today with the flourishing of imperial and postcolonial scholarship, Maitland’s advocacy of researching law’s past prompts renewed attention to the progenitors, methods and politics of our disciplinary practices. The imperative of capturing and presenting that knowledge seems greater than ever before. Yet for those of us engaged in historical study it can often appear that what we do, and why we do it, is not always well recognised or as valued as it should be. Simultaneously, questions abound about the implications of our practice and its political impact or purpose.

For this conference, we invite those who bring an historical perspective on law to consider together the many ways our work has in the past, and continues into the future, to matter. For example: what is the politics in our chosen methods, or the value in our choice of subject matter? Does it matter how we present and produce work for different audiences (court, academy, or public), or has it mattered in the past? Does it matter to the reception of our work what sources we find and why we use them? And does it matter with whom we write; and whose laws, and experiences of law, we write about? What can we learn from critical study, however incomplete?

On behalf of ANZLHS, the Conference Organizing Committee cordially invites papers on this theme from any period, geographical area, and from all disciplines – including but not limited to law, history, indigenous studies, environmental studies, legal theory, and gender studies.

Further information is available 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.

JSI Seminar Series: on Why the Rule of Law is Like Stalagmites and Stalactites
Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence, Sydney Law School
Date: 25 July 2019
Time: 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Location: Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown, University of Sydney

The rule of law is one of the most important and most highly contested political/legal concepts. Paul Burgess considers five frequently cited conceptions of the rule of law—those provided by Aristotle, Locke, Dicey, Fuller, and the U.N.—and differentiates the conceptions based on their second-order characteristics: on what they are about. He does this by considering the conceptions’ ability to be seen as reflecting a spontaneous order. By illustrating the importance of these differences, he argues that conceptions with different second-order characteristics should not, as is the popular practice, be drawn together to collectively represent the concept of the rule of law. By going beyond the conceptions’—first-order—differences that are frequently cited as being in contest, Dr Burgess argues that differentiating conceptions based on second-order differences brings additional—much needed—clarity to the concept of the rule of law.

For further information and to register, 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.

We are excited to announce Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission will be speaking at our conference on their National Consultation. Professor Croucher will be joined by the Castan Centre’s director Professor Sarah Joseph who will talk on Australia’s human rights exceptionalism.

Other topics include a panel on human rights by public opinion – campaigning for change via national votes; the death penalty, disability and human rights in Australia, racism, refugees and privacy.

For further 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’.

Registrations close 22 July.

For further information about the program and registration click here.

2019 Postgraduate Workshop in Public Law
Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW Law
Date: 23-24 September 2019
Location: Law Building, UNSW Kensington, Sydney
Deadline for Applications: 31 July 2019

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.

2019 Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference: Survive, Thrive, Die. Law in End Times
Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand and Southern Cross University School of Law and Justice
Date: 5-7 December 2019
Location: School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Campus
Deadline for Abstracts: 31 July 2019

Social upheaval, political uncertainty, the end of history, or climate collapse: increasingly, such narratives seem to justify the state of exception in a plethora of contexts, slowly eroding the idea that social, political, and environmental stability can ever be achieved through the rule of law. The conference invites socio-legal scholars to re-imagine the question of law in the face of the ‘end times’.

Papers or panel proposals (of three to four papers) are invited on a broad range of law and society topics relating to the conference theme of ‘Law in End Times’, The committee welcomes proposals across a range of disciplines including (but not limited to) law, humanities, social science, or the sciences.

Further information is available here.

2019 Mason Conversation
Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW Law
Date: 5 August 2019
Time: 5.45 pm – 7.00 pm
Location: Banco Court, Level 13 – Law Courts Building, 184 Philip St, Sydney

The 2019 Mason Conversation features the Honourable Michael McHugh AC QC in conversation with Professor George Williams AO. The talk will start promptly at 6.00pm and will be followed by a short networking reception at 7.00pm.

The Mason Conversation is a series named in honour of Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE GBM marking his outstanding generosity and contribution over decades to the University of New South Wales. As well as a distinguished career in the law, including as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia (1987-95), Sir Anthony was the fifth Chancellor of the University of New South Wales between 1994 and 1999 and the inaugural Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law

Further information and registration available here.

A Magnitsky Act for Australia: Human Rights Bombshell, or Frankenstein’s Monster?
Law Society of NSW
Date: 5 August 2019
Time: 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Location: Law Society of NSW, 170 Phillip St, Sydney

The Magnitsky Act represents a targeted sanctions regime for grave human rights violations or corruption under which individuals and companies are on the receiving end of economic sanctions rather than nation states. Versions of the US Magnitsky Act have been adopted in Canada, the UK and three Baltic states. Similar legislation is under consideration by the European Parliament and a ‘Magnitsky Bill’ was introduced in the Australian Parliament on 3 December 2018. The Act is widely justified as necessary to sanction human rights abuses in circumstances where the rule of law has failed. However, in force, it strengthens the hand of the executive of the legislating country and creates serious legal risk for businesses who unknowingly deal with a blacklisted entity. Its legal foundation is also troubling: In 2017, Trump announced that human rights abuses and corruption in foreign nations constituted a ‘national emergency’ to justify extending the Act’s reach. Quite part from this, the Act has a disturbing backstory, featuring murder, state power and ‘fake news’.

Pauline Wright, Partner Principal, P J Donnellan & Co Solicitors (Facilitator)
Senator Kimberley Kitching, Senator for Victoria, Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate and Shadow Assistant Minister for Government Accountability
Emeritus Professor Graeme Gill, Director of Research Development, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

For further information and to register, click here.

Proportionality in Europe and Australia
Date: 8 August 2019
Time: 12.45 – 2.00 pm
Location: Sydney Law School Common Room (Level 4)

Proportionality is a legal principle that requires balancing between competing values. Its origin is in German 19th century administrative law, where it was meant as a tool to protect the individual interests from the unnecessary and arbitrary intrusions of the state into the private sphere and it was the ultimate source of legality of any administrative and legislative action. The European Union has placed a consistent focus on the proportionality test in the context of policy issues. Depending on the area where it is applied, the principle serves different functions. In the EU Member States’ Legal doctrine, proportionality has become a standard feature of constitutional analysis too.

The event will feature Professor Diana-Urania Galetta, (University of Milan Law Faculty), Dr Shipra Chordia (New Chambers) and Professor Margaret Allars (Eleven Wentworth) as chair.

Young Scholars Forum, Melbourne Institute of Comparative Constitutional Law
Melbourne Institute of Comparative Constitutional Law, Melbourne Law School
Date: 9-11 December 2019
Location: Melbourne Law School
Deadline for Applications: 11 August 2019

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.

The Victorian Charter of Human Rights – Impact and Effectiveness
Law Institute of Victoria
Date: 13 August 2019
Time: 12.30-2.30 pm
Location: Law Institute of Victoria, Level 13, 140 William St, Melbourne

Human rights are essential in a democratic and inclusive society that respects the rule of law, human dignity, equality and freedom. Since coming into operation in 2007, Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (VIC) (the Charter) has become an increasingly powerful tool for lawyers when considering human rights obligations and the law. The Charter has assisted in resolving matters positively across a range of legal areas, including criminal, health, family, employment and guardianship cases. It has also assisted our courts by aiding judicial interpretation in litigious disputes and has provided a vehicle for checks on government decision making.

Use your lunch break to acquaint yourself with this landmark piece of legislation and its uses. Hear from prestigious experts, learn about key developments to the Charter, and delve into a workshop where you will be given an opportunity to turn your mind to realistic scenarios pertaining to the practical applications of the Charter. You will walk away with unique advocacy and law reform insights as well as pragmatic learnings from colleagues and experts in attendance.

Further information and registration available here.

Democracy, Human Rights and the Judiciary: the Common Law and the Wider World
Australian Academy of Law
Date: 4 September 2019
Time: 5.00 pm
Location: Court One, Federal Court of Australia, Level 8, Commonwealth Law Courts, 305 William St, Melbourne

This lecture will be delivered by Sir Nicholas Blake, former Judge of the High Court of England and Wales, Queen’s Bench Division, and chaired by the Honourable James Allsop AO, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia.

Further information and registration available here

The Right to Health in the New Human Rights Act of Queensland – Crash Course
University of Queensland Centre for Policy Futures
Date: 11 September 2019
Time: 9.00 am -12.00 pm
Location: Level 2, Group Learning Space (273), Global Challenge Institute Building (20), UQ St Lucia Campus

In 2019, Queensland’s Parliament passed the Human Rights Act of Queensland (HRAQ), which will make Queensland the third Australian State/Territory to implement rights legislation.

The new HRAQ will have 23 rights, including the right to health (Article 37). The right to health in the new HRAQ is a significant milestone: this is the first time the right to health will be domesticated and justiciable in Australia.

This workshop will provide a ‘crash course’ on what is the right to health, what are the key right to health challenges likely to emerge in Queensland, and how can this human right be leveraged to advance the health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders, especially as part of Australia’s larger Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) commitment to Leave No One Behind by year 2030.

Further information and registration instructions are available here.

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

Protecting Rights, Addressing Inequality: Writs as Constitutional Transfer
UNSW Law School and Konrad Adenaur Stiftung
Date: 15-16 November 2019
Time: 9.45 am – 3.45 pm
Location: Level 2, Law Building, UNSW Sydney, Kensington
The courts are often a key site of the struggle for the enforcement of rights and accountability. The rise of constitutional adjudication globally is usually framed within the context of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the creation of independent constitutional courts in many parts of the world over the past three decades. This development is held up as a key moment in the globalization of constitutional law. And yet, there have been prior moments in history when key ideas and institutions of constitutional review spread across regions and around the world.

One example is the prerogative writs, a set of common law remedies that were included in post-colonial independence constitutions across former British colonies, particularly across South Asia, as well as parts of Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean (Crouch 2018). Constitutional writs – the remedies of habeas corpus, certiorari, prohibition, mandamus and quo warranto – are an important remedy both historically and for contemporary modes of administrative adjudication. In the immediate post-colonial era, the constitutional writs were a remedy sought for the protection of rights against the power of the state. While the postcolonial courts in Burma were among the first to develop the constitutional writs in 1948-1949, it is in India that the writs became associated with judicial activism. The writs in constitutional form were also included in places such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, among other countries.

This workshop seeks to investigate the history, development and variations of this model of constitutional adjudication, following the transformation from the common law remedies of England to a constitutional means of protecting rights. It will also consider the symbolic status of constitutional writs, how the importance of these remedies has changed over time and under what conditions. This workshop seeks to draw attention to the role of constitutional writs as legal transfer and consider these remedies as the intersection of constitutional and administrative law and rights protection. The constitutional writs have important implications for the protection of rights against the power of the state and for addressing inequality.

Further information and registration available 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.

For further information and to register, see here.