Questions of citizenship: constitutional and international law perspectives

Date & time
12.15–1.15pm Tuesday 24 November 2015
Attorney-General’s Department, 4 National Circuit, Barton
Dr Genevieve Ebbeck, Senior General Counsel, Australian Government Solicitor 
Professor Kim Rubenstein Director Centre for International and Public Law and Public Policy Fellow, The Australian National University


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The Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015 has been subjected to much attention, including a report from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security recommending a range of amendments.  In this seminar, Dr Ebbeck and Professor Rubenstein will present on some of the constitutional and international law issues that arise around the Bill.

Dr Genevieve Ebbeck specialises in statutory interpretation, administrative law, constitutional law and international law, with a particular focus on migration and citizenship law. Her PhD thesis was on constitutional issues concerning Australian citizenship.

Professor Kim Rubenstein is Professor and Director of the Centre for International and Public law at ANU and a Public Policy fellow.  Her book Australian Citizenship Law in Context (2002) will be republished in 2016 in a new updated edition.  She was a consultant to the then Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs in its redraft of the 1948 Act which became the new 2007 Act, and she was a member of the Independent Committee appointed by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship to review the Australian Citizenship Test in 2008. Professor Rubenstein has appeared three times in the High Court of Australia on citizenship matters, with her work cited in Singh v Commonwealth (2004)

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