The Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies (CCCS) undertakes and promotes research on constitutional law and government and provides a focal point for scholars and practitioners interested in these areas.
CCCS is pleased to host the 'The Invisible Consitution: Comparative Perspectives', IACL Roundtable Symposium at the Melbourne Law School, on Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd May 2016. This event will be Livestreamed. To connect to the Livestream, click here. To see a copy of the program, click here.
The activities of the Centre are organised within a number of broad programs:
- Freedom of Expression
- Religion and the State
- Tribal Constitutionalism
- Human Rights
- Federalism and Multi-Level Governance
- Administration Law and Accountability
- Citizenship and Migration
Melbourne Law School houses a vast amount of information about the Australian Constitution and constitutional change. The MLS Library is the repository for the archives of the Australian Constitutional Convention, and the Centre itself now houses the archives of the Constitutional Centenary Foundation, including the information generated by the CCF for public information and debate.
- Major Research Projects
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View research publications by CCCS Staff.
- Collaboration and Consultancy
The Centre collaborates closely with Law School colleagues and other specialist centres and institutes within the University of Melbourne who have interest in public law.
Melbourne Law School is Australia's first all-graduate faculty. The Melbourne Law School was the first faculty in Australia to teach law, and awarded this country's first law degrees. We have now committed ourselves to build on our more than 150 year history of excellence and innovation by shifting from undergraduate legal education to the global standard, graduate level Juris Doctor degree.
Faculty members associated with the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies teach in all programs of the Law School and supervise research students.
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Academics associated with the CCCS supervise research projects in a broad range of areas. For information on Centre staff interests, please click here.
Prospective Graduate Research Students should get in touch with the Melbourne Law School Office for Research.
The CCCS provides both public and specialist resources on constitutional concepts and issues. We also hold a series of lectures throughout the year, known as the CCCS Seminar Series.
The peace process and the Constitution: Constitution making as peace making?
The 2016 Human Rights Lecture will be delivered by Manuel José Cepeda Espinosa, President of the International Association of Constitutional Law. In 2015, the Colombia government entered into a transitional justice agreement with the FARC guerrilla movement that marked an important step towards ending decades of conflict in Colombia. This ...
The Basic Structure Doctrine in South Asia: Form and Function in Comparative Constitutional Law
This seminar is hosted by the Asian Law Centre and Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies South Asian nations have had some difficulty in maintaining their post - Independence constitutions. Drafted in the euphoria of decolonisation these constitutions have been challenged by communal politics, revolutions of the political right and left ...
Australian Law Reform Commission Report: Traditional Rights and Freedoms -Encroachments by Commonwealth Laws
Click here to read the report (ALRC Report 129, December 2015)In May 2014, the Australian Law Reform Commission commenced a "Review of Commonwealth Laws for Consistency with Traditional Rights, Freedoms and Privileges".News
A submission on freedom of speech to the Australian Law Reform Commission's Inquiry into Traditional Rights and Freedoms.
Cheryl Saunders has made a submission to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, entitled 'Indigenous Constitutional Recognition: the Concept of Consultation'.News
Past Event Recordings
If you missed one of the thought-provoking speakers at Melbourne Law School, you may still catch their presentation online.
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