Constitutional Law and Theory

Honorary Professor
Research interests:
General Human Rights Law and Policy, Anti-Discrimination Law and Policy
Senior Lecturer
Research interests:
Law and technology, Artificial intelligence and law, Law and public finance, Law and financial markets, Law and sustainable investing
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Asian Law, Public law, Constitutional Law, Constitutional Rights, Constitutional Reform, Access to Justice
SJD Candidate
Senior Lecturer
Research interests:
Constitutional Law, Political Theory and Constitutional Law, State Fragility and Armed Conflicts, Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment of the Poor, Rule of Law Reform, Philosophies of Law, Rule of Law Theory, Islamic criminal laws, Criminal Justice, Law and Society in South Asia, Post-disaster recovery and reconstruction, Governance and Development
Professor
Research interests:
Legal Philosophy, Public law, Indigenous rights, Law and Cultural Difference, Constitutional Law and Theory, Indigenous peoples and the law, legal theory, Indigenous peoples and the law
Senior Lecturer
Research interests:
Parliamentary Process and Procedure, Constitutional Rights, Political Theory and Constitutional Law, Parliamentary and Electoral Democracy, Counter-Terrorism Law, Deliberative Democracy
Honorary Professor
Research interests:
Human rights, Comparative Constitutional Law
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Law and Society, Public law, Judiciary, Political Theory, Law and Politics, High Court
Distinguished Professor
Research interests:
Constitutional Law
Lecturer
Research interests:
Privacy, Freedom of expression, Defamation, Analytic philosophy, Proportionality, Parliamentary privilege, Rule of Law, Rights-conflicts
Associate Professor
Research interests:
Constitutional Law, Human Rights Law
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Asia-Pacific Security, Pacific Law, Law and Politics, Public law, Constitutional Courts, Judiciary, Transformative Constitutionalism, Separation of Powers, Constitutional Reform, Law and Governance
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Citizenship
Associate Professor
Research interests:
Constitutional Law, Constitutional Courts, Constitutional Reform, Constitutional Rights, Political Theory and Constitutional Law, Federalism, Parliamentary and Electoral Democracy, Deliberative Democracy
Professor
Research interests:
Administrative law, legal theory
Emeritus Professor
Research interests:
Constitutional Law, Administrative law
Honorary Professor
Research interests:
Public law, Commercial Law, National security
Associate Professor
Research interests:
Constitutional Courts, Constitutional History, Constitutional Rights, Gender and Constitutional Law, The Judicial System, Property Law, Gender, feminism, Feminist Legal Theory
Honorary Professor
Research interests:
Constitutional Law, Constitutional Courts, Constitutional History, Constitutional Reform, Constitutional Rights, Political Theory and Constitutional Law, Federalism, Gender and Constitutional Law, Parliamentary and Electoral Democracy, Separation of Powers, The Judicial System, Citizenship, Access to Government Information, Gender, feminism, Feminist Legal Theory
Associate Professor
Research interests:
Constitutional Law, Constitutional Courts, Constitutional Reform, Constitutional Rights, Political Theory and Constitutional Law, Federalism, Parliamentary and Electoral Democracy, Separation of Powers
Professor
Research interests:
Constitutional Rights, Federalism, Separation of Powers, The Judicial System, Private International Law, Administrative law, Constitutional Law
Senior Lecturer
Research interests:
Access to Government Information, Administrative law, Public law, Privacy
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Separation of Powers, Refugees, Constitutional Law, Chapter III of the Constitution, Human rights, Human Rights and the Law, Federal judicial system, Judiciary, Rule of Law
Emerita Professor
Research interests:
Constitutional Courts, Constitutional History, Separation of Powers, The Judicial System
Visiting Fellow
Associate Professor
Research interests:
Refugee Law, Immigration, Human rights, Constitutional Law, Public law, international legal theory, recognition theory, narrative legal identities

Latest news

12
May
2020
Benjamin Ettinger
Benjamin Ettinger is a PhD candidate at ANU College of Law.
03
Apr
2020
Professor Miho Aoi
Despite being a newcomer to Canberra, Japanese constitutional law scholar Miho Aoi has a unique connection to ANU that dates back nearly half a century.
11
Dec
2019
Hannah Dawson, 2019 University Medallist
From aspiring actress to University Medallist, Hannah Dawson's law studies at ANU have been shaped by curiosity and determination.
30
Jul
2019
2019 Zines Prize
Professor Susan H Williams of the Maurer Law School at Indiana University Bloomington has won the 2019 Zines Prize for Excellence in Legal Research.
09
Jul
2019
ANU Bachelor of Arts/Laws (Hons) student Elizabeth Harris and Professor Kim Rubenstein FAAL, FASSA.
A successful appeal on a statelessness case run by ANU College of Law Professor Kim Rubenstein FAAL, FASSA and supported by 36 students has been documented in a new research journal.

In the Media

11
May
2020

(Un)lawful Lockdown And Government Accountability

Jelena Gligorijevic writes in Scoop

14
Nov
2019

ASIO officers broke law on warrant

Dominique Dalla-Pozza cited in The Saturday Paper

Upcoming events

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Past events

18
May
2010

20th Anniversary of the Centre for International and Public Law

CIPL 20th Anniversary
6.00PM to 9.00PM

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.

24
Aug
2016

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

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5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • 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.

02
Dec
2016

New ways forward

Professor Michael Coper
12.00AM

A conference in honour of Professor Michael Coper.

13
Feb
2017

The explosive President: Donald Trump’s migration policy and its impact on international law and non-discrimination principles

Donald Trump
5.30PM to 7.00PM

Recent executive orders issues by President Donald Trump have shocked many and created an unprecedented travel crisis. 

21
Feb
2017

Citizenship stripping, children and citizenship

Australian Citizenship Law
5.30PM to 7.00PM
  • 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).

22
Mar
2017

Implications of the Brexit Supreme Court decision

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5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • 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.

06
Apr
2017

Issues arising from police activity during election time

Police activity
12.30PM to 2.00PM
  • 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.  

08
Sep
2017

40th Anniversary of the Federal Court of Australia

Black and White Photo of a Federal Court Sitting
9.00AM to 1.00PM

The ANU Centre for Commercial Law and Centre for International and Public Law are proud to announce a conference to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Federal Court of Australia. 

11
May
2017

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

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1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • 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?  

21
Jun
2017

Constitutional rights recognition, litigation and adjudication in Thailand under Thai Constitutions 1997–2014

Sarah Bishop
1.00PM to 2.00PM

Sarah's thesis examines Thailand’s experience with rights recognition, litigation and adjudication. 

26
Sep
2017

Against epistocracy: Reconsidering the demographic objection

Udit Bhatia
3.00PM to 4.00PM
  • 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’.

05
Sep
2017

Proportionality: Historical and comparative review

Iddo Porat
12.00PM to 1.00PM
  • 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.

18
Oct
2017

30th Annual Lionel Murphy Memorial Lecture - The Secret History of the Dismissal of the Whitlam Government: The Palace Connection

Jenny Hocking
6.00PM to 7.00PM
  • 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.

20
Nov
2017

Constitutional Protection for Political Protests: Brown v Tasmania

Bob Brown and Amelia Simpson
5.30PM to 7.00PM
  • 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 [2017] HCA 43. 

15
May
2018

Can the legislature effectively supersede judicial interpretations with which it disagrees?

Deborah Widiss
1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • 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.

04
Apr
2019

Brexit, referendums and deliberative democracy

Matt Qvortrup
1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Dr Matt Qvortrup, Coventry University
26
Feb
2019

Judicial method and what Judges do

Justice Robertson
5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Justice Alan Robertson
28
Feb
2019

What a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia and a Judge’s associate do in a typical week

Photo of Justice Alan Robertson and Will Randles
4.15PM to 6.00PM
  • 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? 

23
Jul
2019

In Conversation with Ron McCallum

In Conversation with Ron McCallum
6.00PM to 7.00PM
  • 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.

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