Category: Public law and legal theory

Justice Edelman’s originalism, or hints of it

BY JULIAN R MURPHY

 

Justice Edelman has only been on the High Court for a matter of months but he has already sat on a number of significant constitutional cases, and there are more on the horizon. The newest … Read the rest

Section 44, Interpretation and Changing the Law

BY DAVID TAN

In the Engineer’s case, Higgins J stated:

‘The question [of constitutional interpretation] is, what does the language mean; and when we find what the language means, in its ordinary and natural sense, it is our duty to

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The Rule of Law as an Assumption of the Australian Constitution

BY LISA BURTON CRAWFORD

In Australian Communist Party v The Commonwealth, Justice Dixon famously asserted that the rule of law ‘forms an assumption’ of the Australian Constitution. This has been cited and repeated with such frequency that it … Read the rest

Human Rights To BREXIT …. And Beyond

BY CONOR GEARTY 

It is not a misguided nostalgia for colonial control to say that developments in UK human rights law have long had an influence on Commonwealth jurisdictions, especially in those where there are continued close alignments with the … Read the rest

To save democracy, reform it

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BY RON LEVY AND GRAEME ORR

The US election just passed has made many people wonder about the merits of democracy. If an election can still be won using the dark rhetorics of earlier, troubled times in Western history, … Read the rest

Chief Justice Susan Kiefel and the politics of judicial diversity

kmclouglinBY KCASEY MCLOUGHLIN

Australian women waited over eighty years for the first woman to sit on the bench of the High Court of Australia. Now, three decades later a particularly resilient glass ceiling has been shattered with the announcement that … Read the rest

When is finality trumped? Kirk and the principle of finality

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BY SARAH-JANE MORRIS

The High Court of Australia has repeatedly stated that it is a ‘central and pervading tenet of the judicial system’ that ‘controversies, once resolved, are not to be reopened except in a few, narrowly defined, circumstances’, such … Read the rest

Human, All Too Human: Human Fallibility and the Separation of Powers

J Crowe photoBY JONATHAN CROWE

Humans are fallible—and this fallibility is the hardest thing for us to grasp. We have limited knowledge—and the limits of our knowledge routinely prevent us from realising just how much we do not know. Our reasoning processes … Read the rest

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