The 2018 conference, was held at Melbourne Law School, 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 was the first to be held outside Cambridge and was 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 focus of the conference is on common law jurisdictions.

Approximately 300 people, including 70 speakers, drawn from across the common law world attended the conference. The conference ran over two and a half days and was 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.

Further information on the Public Law Conference series can be found here.