Constitutional Law and Theory
In the Media
Clive Palmer says WA's vaccine passport border restrictions are breach of section 117 of the constitution. Is that correct?
Amelia Simpson quoted in AAP
Australia's intelligence agencies to receive at least $2.4b but remain exempt from whistleblowing laws
Kieran Pender quoted in Canberra Times
Kieran Pender writes in Canberra Times
Kieran Pender writes in The Age
Jelena Gligorijevic quoted in ABC News
Hank Nelson Prize winner attempts to unravel complicated relationship between government and judiciary in PNG
speaks with ABC Radio
Jayson Lamchek quoted in BBC HARDtalk
James Stellios quoted in ABC News
The Centre for International and Public Law celebrated its twentieth anniversary at a special evening hosted by the ANU College of Law on 18 May 2010.
The High Court’s decisions in Williams v The Commonwealth: The principle of parliamentary control of public money
- Will Bateman, University of Cambridge
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.
A conference in honour of Professor Michael Coper.
The explosive President: Donald Trump’s migration policy and its impact on international law and non-discrimination principles
Recent executive orders issues by President Donald Trump have shocked many and created an unprecedented travel crisis.
- Professor Kim Rubenstein, ANU College of Law
- Jacqueline Field
- Dr Suzanne Akila, Assistant Director, Legal, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
With the first announced instance of an Australian dual citizen, Khaled Sharrouf, having his citizenship stripped, CIPL invites you to a seminar around the recent release of Kim Rubenstein’s 2nd edition of Australian Citizenship Law (Thomson Reuters, December 2016).
- Henry Burmester AO, QC
- Dr Ryan Goss, ANU College of Law
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.
- Professor James Stellios
- Mr David Savage
In a number of recent cases, police forces have taken well-publicised actions which became part of the narrative of election campaigns in Australia.
Changing states, changing nations: National identity and constitutional reform in liberal democracies
- Andrew McDonald, Scope UK
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?
Constitutional rights recognition, litigation and adjudication in Thailand under Thai Constitutions 1997–2014
Sarah's thesis examines Thailand’s experience with rights recognition, litigation and adjudication.
- Udit Bhatia, University of Oxford
Why should we prefer democracy to an epistocracy of competent persons? In his response to this question, David Estlund appeals to the ‘demographic objection’.
- Associate Professor Iddo Porat, College of Law and Business, Israel
Associate Professor Porat will give a historical and comparative review of proportionality. He will also consider some of the main lines on which the debate over proportionality has been drawn and their possible application to the Australian context.
30th Annual Lionel Murphy Memorial Lecture - The Secret History of the Dismissal of the Whitlam Government: The Palace Connection
- Professor Jenny Hocking FASSA, Monash University
The dismissal of the Whitlam government by the Governor-General Sir John Kerr in 1975 remains one of the most contentious episodes in Australian politics. The history of the dismissal is no less contentious and has never been settled.
- Bob Brown, The Bob Brown Foundation
- A/Prof Amelia Simpson, ANU College of Law
The Centre for International and Public Law and The Australia Institute are pleased to host a discussion of the High Court’s decision in Brown v Tasmania  HCA 43.
- Professor Deborah Widiss
Legislative supremacy depends on the assumption that if the legislative branch disagrees with a judicial interpretation of a law, it may “override” that interpretation by passing a new statute or amending an existing statute. This seminar will present my research looking at the efficacy of overrides in the United States, and it will explore possibilities for similar tensions to arise under the Australian system.
- Dr Matt Qvortrup, Coventry University
- Justice Alan Robertson
- The Hon Justice Alan Robertson
- Will Randles
- Associate Professor Heather Roberts
Have you ever wondered what a typical week’s work looks like for a Justice of the Federal Court of Australia? How do Judges prepare for court sittings, and what happens in chambers? What does an Associate do, and what skills are required to perform the role?
- Ron McCallum AO - The University of Sydney
- Professor Kim Rubenstein FAAL, FASSA - Australian National University
Ron McCallum AO will be in conversation with Professor Kim Rubenstein on Ron's memoir, Born at the Right Time.
- Dr Jelena Gligorijevic
Join Dr Jelena Gligorijevic as she discusses freedom of expression, liberalism and harmful expression in this research seminar.
- Professor Anne Twomey
During the January bushfires, the Prime Minister observed that using the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to provide aid was ‘testing the limits of constitutionally defined roles and responsibilities’. The ‘Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements’ was established to inquire into these limits.
- Professor Trevor Allan LLD, FBA
In this seminar, Professor Trevor Allan LLD, FBA of the University of Cambridge will present his thesis that the law is constituted by the requirements of justice for the political community in which it operates, so that a public conception of justice is substituted for conflicting private ones.
Join Professor Jo Shaw as she introduces the key themes of her book, The People in Question: Citizens and Constitutions in Uncertain Times, before hearing and responding to a selection of expert commentaries from scholars in the field drawn from the Asia and Pacific region.
- Dr Cristy Clark
Hosted by the ANU College of Law Visitors Committee, this seminar will be presented by Dr Cristy Clark (University of Canberra Law School).
Join Dr Levy and Dr O’Flynn in this ANU Law and Philosophy Forum event as they discuss the theoretical foundations and normative value of deliberative peace referendums, in a range of conflict situations.
- Associate Professor Amelia Simpson
Join Associate Professor Amelia Simpson as she explores voluntary assisted dying and discrimination on the basis of state residence in this session of the ANU College of Law research seminar series.
- Thitinan Pongsudhirak
Join leading Thai political scientist Professor Thitinan Pongsudhirak, The Australian National University (ANU) Thai consitutional law expert Sarah Bishop and Director of Lowy Institute’s Southeast Asia Project Ben Bland for a discussion on what happens next in one of Southeast Asia’s most volatile nations.
- Dr Gabrielle Appleby
- Professor Megan Davis
Hosted by the ANU College of Law Visitors Committee, this seminar will be presented by Dr Gabrielle Appleby and Professor Megan Davis and chaired by Professor James Stellios FAAL.