From 11 to 13 July 2018, Melbourne Law School will hold the third biennial Public Law Conference, co-organised by the University of Melbourne and the University of Cambridge. The Public Law series is the pre-eminent regular forum for the discussion of public law matters in the common law world. The first two conferences in the series were held at Cambridge in 2014 and 2016. The 2018 conference will feature approximately 70 speakers, including leading judges and scholars drawn from across the common law world, and bring together over 300 delegates to discuss the most important issues in public law today. The conference series is sponsored by Hart Publishing Ltd, and we are grateful for their ongoing support.
The 2018 conference, to be held at Melbourne Law School, is the third in a biennial series of major international conferences on Public Law. The series was founded at the University of Cambridge, with the first two conferences held at Cambridge in 2014 and 2016. The 2018 conference is the first to be held outside Cambridge and will be co-organised by the University of Melbourne and the University of Cambridge. One of the aims of the Public Law series is to enable dialogue to take place between participants from different legal systems. In order to allow this to happen within manageable parameters, the scope of the conference is limited to common law jurisdictions.
Approximately 300 people, including 70 speakers, drawn from across the common law world will attend the conference. The conference will run over two and a half days and will be based at Melbourne Law School, with delegates staying at nearby accommodation.
An edited collection arising from the first conference, Public Law Adjudication in Common Law Systems: Process and Substance, was published by our principal sponsor, Hart Publishing, in 2016; and a volume arising from the second conference, The Unity of Public Law? Doctrinal, Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives, will be published later this year by Hart. Similarly, it is our intention to produce an edited collection of a small selection of the papers given at the 2018 conference.
In the week following the 2018 Public Law Conference Melbourne Law School will also host the Ninth Biennial Obligations Conference, the pre-eminent regular forum in the common law world for the discussion of private law matters.
Further information on the Public Law Conference series can be found here.
- Professor Mark Elliott (Cambridge)
- Associate Professor Jason N E Varuhas (Melbourne)
- Dr Shona Wilson Stark (Cambridge)
- Ms Phapit Triratpan
Conference Advisory Board
- Professor Mark Aronson (UNSW)
- Professor John Bell (Cambridge)
- Professor David Feldman (Cambridge)
- Professor Carol Harlow (LSE)
- Mr Richard Hart (Founder, Hart Publishing)
- Professor Cora Hoexter (Witwatersrand)
- Professor Janet McLean (Auckland)
- Lord Reed (UK Supreme Court)
- Professor Cheryl Saunders (Melbourne)
- Professor Robert Thomas (Manchester)
Confirmed speakers will be announced soon.
Call for papers will be issued soon.