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.
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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- 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.
Banishment in the 21st Century: Citizenship Stripping in Common Law Nations
Democratic states are responding to the threat of terrorism, and in particular the problem of fighters returning home from conflicts in Iraq and Syria, by introducing laws for the stripping of citizenship. The United Kingdom is a world leader in this area, and is poised to further extend the reach ...
Too much law and not enough theory: A critique of the Commonwealth Constitution
The difficulty of amending the Australian Constitution has had the consequence that debate on systemic reform is virtually non-existent. Yet our constitutional arrangements manifest significant flaws: The Constitution is said to be based upon representative democracy, yet our electoral system is grossly unfair. The Constitution embodies responsible government, yet Parliament ...
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
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Melbourne Law School
The University of Melbourne 3010 VIC
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Carlton VIC 3053
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