The Future of Law Reform: Constitutional and Immigration Issues

Free Public Lecture

The Future of Law Reform: Constitutional and Immigration Issues

Room 920, Level 9
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street


The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) and the University of Melbourne Law School are pleased to present a panel discussion on the future of legal and constitutional reform in Australia. The discussion progresses the ALRC’s new project seeking public input to assist in identifying areas of Australian law that may benefit from reform. The project generally will be broad-ranging and will consider suggestions relating to any area of law. However, this panel event will focus on issues relating to the Australian Constitution and immigration. The ALRC has identified a common theme in previous ALRC inquiries that the Australian Constitution has frequently presented challenges for the effective functioning of the legal system, or has constrained options for law reform. There is also significant concern with the unwieldy nature of the immigration legal framework – the Migration Act is one of the largest pieces of Commonwealth legislation, and has been amended frequently. Expert speakers at this event will explore aspects of each of constitutional law and immigration law that may be ripe for future reform. Discussions and suggestions made at the event will be considered by the ALRC in developing a proposed multi-year programme of law reform inquiries for the consideration of the Commonwealth Attorney-General.

Join Professor Matthew Harding, Deputy Dean of Melbourne Law School, and Justice John Middleton, Commissioner with the ALRC, for an interactive evening discussing law reform priorities with the potential to shape the future of Australian law.

Please register for this free public seminar at the earliest as the places are limited. Light refreshments will also be available after the seminar.

Note: This interactive seminar will be live streamed and can be accessed through this link for all those across Australia who are unable to join us.


  • Laureate Professor Cheryl Saunders
    Laureate Professor Cheryl Saunders, Director of Studies in Government Law and Co-Director of Studies in Public and International Law at the University of Melbourne
  • Professor Adrienne  Stone
  • Professor Susan Kneebone
    Professor Susan Kneebone, Melbourne Law School
  • Ms Katie Robertson
    Ms Katie Robertson, Legal Director