Category: Comparative public law (page 1 of 2)

Courts and COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities in Australia

This is one of a special series of posts exploring the public law implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the Gilbert + Tobin Centre’s work in the area of public law and public health, see here

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The Demos in a Pandemic – Staging Elections during a Health Emergency

This is one of a special series of posts exploring the public law implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the Gilbert + Tobin Centre’s work in the area of public law and public health, see here.

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Climate change and human rights under the Australian Charters

BY KENT BLORE

Late last year, the Dutch case of Urgenda made international headlines when the Dutch Supreme Court found its government in breach of the rights to life and privacy for failing to scale up its emissions reductions targets … Read the rest

Can Parliamentary Privilege be Used to Shut Down Parliamentary Accountability?

BY ANNE TWOMEY

Parliamentary privilege was established for the purposes of protecting Members of Parliament from being prosecuted or penalised for what they debated in Parliament or from being controlled by the executive in what they were permitted to debate. … Read the rest

Climate change and human rights to collide before the United Nations Human Rights Committee

BY EBONY BACK AND REBECCA LUCAS

Introduction

There has been a spate of legal actions (both domestic and international) around the world in the past few years attempting to hold governments accountable for their inaction on climate change and the … Read the rest

Raised Voices: Parliamentary Debate in Indigenous Languages

BY TIMOTHY GOODWIN AND JULIAN R MURPHY

Last week, history was made in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly. The Independent Member for Nhulunbuy, Yingiya Mark Guyula, debated in Djambarrpuyngu, an Indigenous language of North East Arnhem Land. A significant … Read the rest

The Noongar Settlement: Two Lessons for Treaty Making in Australia

BY HARRY HOBBS

On 17 October 2018, Australia’s largest native title settlement moved a step towards implementation, when the Native Title Registrar accepted the Noongar Settlement for registration in the Native Title Register. The culmination of many years of … Read the rest

ICON-S Conference Roundup – Identity, Security, Democracy: Challenges for Public Law

BY BRIGID MCMANUS

Between 25 and 27 June, Hong Kong University hosted the 2018 conference of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S). The conference was held to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Hong Kong University’s law faculty, … Read the rest

Australia’s First Treaty

BY HARRY HOBBS AND GEORGE WILLIAMS

Last month, the Victorian government introduced a bill into Parliament that would create a legislative basis for negotiating a treaty with Aboriginal people in the state. The bill would establish an Aboriginal representative body … Read the rest

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