At its inception, the role of the Federal Court in the development of constitutional law was not entirely clear, nor was its relationship to other courts such as the High Court and the State Supreme Courts.
Forty years on, the Federal Court has come to play a significant role, as explained in a joint paper by Federal Court Justice John Griffiths and ANU Law Professor James Stellios. Justice Griffiths presented the paper at a conference in Sydney last year to mark the 40th anniversary of the Federal Court, and this evening Professor Stellios will present it in Canberra under the auspices of the Australian Academy of Law.
Commenting on the paper will be former High Court and Federal Court Justice Professor William Gummow AC.
Light refreshments will be served from 6.30pm.