Legalism and the Latham High Court in Emergency


Melbourne Law School
Thursday 7 June
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 611, Level 6



About the seminar

This paper considers the High Court’s treatment of emergency powers cases during the Second World War. It explores the role and meaning of legalism as an adjudicative technique with a particular focus on rulings against the government. It also considers the scope afforded by this style of judicial method - in the adjudication of the executive’s wartime legal powers – to unearth constitutional values.

About the presenter

Patrick studied law at the LSE (LL.B. and LL.M.) and was awarded his PhD by Queen Mary, University of London, on the use of emergency power in early twentieth century Britain. His main research interests are in administrative law and legal history. He is originally from Ireland.