The Constitution and Public Affairs

Experts from the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies and the Laureate Program on Comparative Constitutional Law explain constitutional issues in the news

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  • Four fundamental principles for upholding freedom of speech on campus
    It goes without saying – or at least it ought to – that freedom of speech should be a core value of universities. As a scholar of freedom of speech and a university academic, it has been gratifying to see so many Vice Chancellors (and a former Chief Justice of the High Court) take it so seriously.

  • It's Complicated: Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech
    The right to academic freedom and freedom of speech on campus is a sacred one for universities, but the nature of this responsibility is often complex.

  • Academic Freedom & Free Speech in Universities

    The suppression of academic freedom has been called a “global crisis” by some, while others complain the academy is not challenged enough by different thinking. Yet the concept of academic freedom is complicated – what does it mean, and who exactly is under attack?

  • A Constitution Shaped by Distance

    Australia is a big country, and a continent remote from the rest of the world. But what role has this distance, both internal and external, played in Australia’s constitutional development?

  • Same Sex Marriage, Religious Freedom and The Law

    As Australians vote in the same sex marriage survey, the national debate has focused on anxiety over whether religious freedom could be negatively affected. So what exactly does discrimination law say on the issue?

  • The Legal Maze of the Marriage Equality Survey

    As Australians prepare to have their say on same-sex marriage, Professor Adrienne Stone, Laureate Professor Cheryl Saunders, Professor Michael Crommelin and Dr William Partlett look at the High Court challenge to the Marriage Law Survey

  • Section 44: Changing the Constitution to Reflect Modern Australia

    As Section 44(i) of the Constitution continues to claim the scalps of Australian politicians who have dual citizenship - is the law still relevant in modern, multicultural Australia?

  • Q&A: Recognising Australia's First Peoples ... Properly

    Australia’s debate on how to amend the Constitution to recognise its first peoples is set to culminate soon in a Indigenous Constitutional Convention. Professor Adrienne Stone was asked what it all means.