Constitutional Law

Changing states, changing nations: National identity and constitutional reform in liberal democracies

Over the last 40 years, a number of liberal democracies have sought to use constitutional reform to re-imagine not just the state, but also the nation. Why?  And with what effect?  

This seminar will consider this phenomenon with reference to examples from Australia, Canada, the UK and the US.

* Please note room change for this event. This event will now be held in China in the World, Building # 188, Seminar Room B, Fellows Road, Acton

Implications of the Brexit Supreme Court decision

On 24 January 2017, the UK Supreme Court decided that Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union could not be triggered by an exercise of prerogative power. Instead, an Act of Parliament is required.

In this seminar, Professor Henry Burmester and Dr Ryan Goss will explore some of the implications arising from the decision for the place of international law in Australian law and for fundamental constitutional law principles.

Summer Research Scholarship leads to job for ANU Law student

ANU Law’s James Stellios to deliver the annual Richardson Oration

No confidence vote: Showdown in PNG politics

Summer in Alabama – an exchange of ideas and culture

New ways forward

Reform and renewal in constitutional interpretation and legal education

A conference in honour of Professor Michael Coper

Michael Coper has had a distinguished career as a constitutional lawyer and educationalist, from influencing a dramatic change in the law on section 92 of the Constitution, to conceiving the pioneering Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia, to urging law schools, nationally and internationally, to embrace a pervasive ethos of law reform, social justice and public service. 

The High Court’s decisions in Williams v The Commonwealth: The principle of parliamentary control of public money

The High Court’s decisions in the Williams v The Commonwealth cases wrought a radical change to the settled understanding of the constitutional allocation of financial power between the parliament and executive government — even where appropriation legislation exists, the Commonwealth cannot spend most public money without additional and specific authorising legislation.

ANU Law alumnus appointed to Australian Competition Tribunal

New approaches needed for dealing with divisive issues

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