Please see below a message from Associate Professor Sarah Murray (University of Western Australia) and Associate Professor Dean Knight (Victoria University of Wellington):

The International Society of Public Law, ICON-S, is pleased to announce the formation of a new regional chapter, ICON-S AUS-NZ. The aim of the chapter is to work with ICON-S to pursue the mission of ICON-S across Australia and New Zealand. Its focus is intentionally broad, bringing together scholars working in constitutional, administrative and public international law in both countries, with leading social scientists interested in questions of public law.  In doing so, it intends to work co-operatively with existing organisations in the region such as the Australian Association of Constitutional Law, the Australian Institute of Administrative Law, the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law and the Australian Political Studies Association. In addition to this information-sharing role, the chapter will also encourage small meetings of members – by providing advice and/or assistance in publicising events – and organise, with regional organisations, a one-day Conference that will reflect on the theme of the ICON-S international conference within an Australia and New Zealand frame. The first regional conference will be held on Friday 28 August 2020.

Professor Rosalind Dixon (University of New South Wales) as a co-President of ICON-S, and Associate Professor Dean Knight and Associate Professor Sarah Murray as co-Presidents of ICON-S AUS-NZ, are seeking expressions of interest from scholars across Australia and New Zealand who are interested in:

1)     being founding members of the Advisory Council for the chapter for a 3 year term. It is envisaged that the Council will have between 25-40 members, including at least 1/3 of members from New Zealand, 5 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander/Māori members and 5 early career scholars (including 3 PhD students). After 3 years, the Advisory Council will transition to a potentially somewhat smaller and elected body (the draft Charter for the chapter can be found here).  To express your interest in joining the Advisory Council please send a short bio to Dean ( or Sarah ( by 8 February 2020. 

2)     joining the chapter across the categories of judicial member, academic member, government/office holder/legal member and law student member. Membership to the chapter is free and members are encouraged to become members of the global society. To join as a member of ICON-S AUS-NZ please contact Dean or Sarah.

We also invite you to save the date for the inaugural meeting of the chapter, to be held at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at UNSW Sydney on Friday 28 August 2020.  Details and registration information will follow later in the year.