Public Law Weekend - Constitutional deliberations

Date & time

9am Thursday 1 October – 3pm Friday 2 October 2015


This conference will be held in the Australian Centre of China in the World.

Building 188, Fellows Lane
The Australian National University
Acton, Canberra, ACT

Event series


For interstate visitors, we offer suggestions for accommodation near ANU.



Part of the Public Law Weekend series

Constitutional deliberations

The 2015 Public Law Weekend to be held on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 October at the ANU College of Law follows in the tradition established in 1996 by the Centre for International and Public Law, encouraging public lawyers around the country to meet with one another in the nation’s capital to engage with and be stimulated by fellow academics and public law practitioners. 

This year’s conference will be part of a larger project with a sister conference to be held at University College London a month later – both focussing on processes of deliberation about and under a constitution. 

In the past CIPL has largely invited people to present at the annual Public Law Weekend, however this year we are extending a call for abstracts around the country to academics and practitioners alike to consider presenting a paper under the theme Constitutional deliberations.

Constitutional law has largely neglected deliberation as a value. This may be due to the assumption that political power is simply an exercise in collecting and wielding partisan power, rather than deliberating. Constitutional cases and research frequently therefore revolve around a narrow triad of values: liberty, equality and anti-corruption. Yet research into deliberation has challenged old assumptions about political power and prompted new ways of understanding the development or impact of constitutional norms. 

Conference contributions will examine both sides of the constitutional-deliberative coin:

How do judges, ordinary citizens, legislators or administrators deliberate about constitutional norms; and how do the features of a constitution, such as human rights, separation of powers, and federalism/devolution, affect how democracies deliberate?

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