About the Conference

Constitutional Law Conference 2019

26 July 2019
Woodward Conference Centre
Melbourne Law School

Conference Convenors Professor Adrienne Stone and Professor Kristen Rundle

We warmly invite you to the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies 2019 Constitutional Law Conference to be held at Melbourne Law School on Friday 26 July 2019.


The conference will officially commence on the evening of Thursday 25 July with a public lecture delivered by The Hon. Justice Stephen Gageler AC (High Court of Australia) on 'Engineers: The Drama of its Day in the Climate of its Era'. Please register for the free public lecture here.


On Friday 26 July the conference will commence with a special panel on ‘Engineers: The Next 100 Years’, followed by panels on ‘The Constitution and National Security: Internal and External’, ‘Constitutional Dimensions of Property’, and ‘Recent Developments in Freedom of Political Communication’.

Confirmed speakers include Dr Stephen Donaghue QC (Commonwealth Solicitor General), Mr Bret Walker SC (Fifth Floor St James Hall Chambers), Mr Graeme Hill (Owen Dixon Chambers West), Mr Craig Lenehan (Fifth Floor St James Hall Chambers), Laureate Professor Emeritus Cheryl Saunders AO (Melbourne), Professor Michael Crommelin AO (Melbourne), Emeritus Professor Jeff Goldsworthy (Melbourne), Professor Adrienne Stone (Melbourne), Dr Cameron Moore (UNE/ANU/UOW), Dr Lael (Lulu) Weis (Melbourne), and Dr Anne Carter (Deakin).

Cases and legislation to be discussed by the panels include: Spence v Queensland, High Court of Australia, Case B35/2018 ('Spence'); Clubb v Edwards, High Court of Australia, Case M46/2018 (‘Clubb’); Preston v Avery, High Court of Australia, Case H2/2018 (‘Preston’) (Safe Access Zone cases); Unions NSW v New South Wales [2019] HCA 1; Comcare v Banerji, High Court of Australia, Case C12/2018; Northern Territory v Griffiths (a.k.a. the Timber Creek case) High Court of Australia, Case D1/2018; Commonwealth v Commissioner Bret Walker SC, High Court of Australia,Case C7/2018 (discontinued); Spence v Queensland, High Court of Australia, Case B35/2018; New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council v Minister Administering the Crown Lands Act (2016) 260 CLR 232, [2016] HCA 50; Plaintiff M68 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2016] HCA 1; Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 (Cth), Defence Act 1903 (Cth) and current developments in legislation affecting citizenship cancellation.


The book launch at the close of the conference will celebrate the publication of Dr Dylan Lino’s Constitutional Recognition: First Peoples and the Australian Settler State (Federation Press, 2018), with remarks by Professor Marcia Langton AM.


The after-dinner speaker at the conference dinner will be The Hon. Kenneth M Hayne AC QC, on the subject of ‘On Royal Commissions’.


Registrations close Monday 22 July 2019. Follow these links for further details about the conference programme and how to register.

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