ANU Law 60th Anniversary Conference: Public Law and Inequality

Date & time

9am Tuesday 7 December – 5pm Wednesday 8 December 2021


The Australian National University, Canberra. Futher information will be made available closer to the event. 


ANU Law Marketing
+61 2 6125 5375
60th Anniversary Celebrations

NOTICE: This event has been postponed to 2021.

ANU Law 60th Anniversary Conference

To mark the 60th anniversary of ANU Law and the 30th anniversary of the Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL), a major public law conference will be held at the Australian National University in Canberra, on 7-8 December 2021.

Conference theme: Public Law and Inequality

Growing inequality is a defining challenge of our times, domestically and globally. Yet the role of inequality in social, political and economic life is often muted (sometimes, invisible) in much public law scholarship. Notably, public law’s foundational concepts were forged in a social world where the inevitability of inequality was often taken for granted. The stuttering processes of democratisation have rendered that assumption untenable. 

However, although public law scholarship has considered how the field can contribute to political equality, there has been less focus, particularly in recent decades, on the relationship between public law and material equality. The question of whether equality is achievable in a world of yawning disparities in wealth can no longer be brushed aside.

How do public law concepts, institutions and norms frame or contribute to political and material inequality? How can public law and public law scholarship contribute to clear thinking about the set of problems associated with pervasive inequity in contemporary society?

Call for abstracts is NOW CLOSED

Delegate registrations will open in mid-2021


Related Event: 2020/21 Geoffrey Sawer Lecture

As a precursor to the conference, the inaugural director of CIPL, Professor Philip Alston, NYU Law and United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, will now deliver the annual Geoffrey Sawer Lecture at 6pm on 6 December 2021. This is a free public lecture. Registration for this lecture is separate from the conference registration and will open in mid-2021.


Our keynote speakers

We are delighted to introduce our international keynote speakers who will be joining us in Canberra for this two-day conference. Get to know our keynote speakers by clicking on the links below.

Professor Peter Cane
The University of Cambridge

Professor Rosalind Dixon
The University of New South Wales

Professor Tarunabh Khaitan
The University of Oxford
The University of Melbourne

Professor Jeff King
University College London

Professor Samuel Moyn
Yale University

A/Professor Amelia Simpson
The Australian National University

Professor Adrienne Stone
The University of Melbourne

Professor Julie Suk
The City University of New York

Professor Asmi Wood
The Australian National University




Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team