The Future of Law Reform: Constitutional and Immigration Issues
Free Public Lecture
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 https://player.5stream.com/43210 for all those across Australia who are unable to join us.
Ms Katie Robertson, Legal Director
Ms Katie Robertson
Human Rights Law centre
Katie Robertson leads the Centre’s work advocating for the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum. Katie has extensive strategic litigation and advocacy experience. As a Senior Associate in Maurice Blackburn Lawyer’s Social Justice Practice, her key cases included the Baby Ferouz matter which involved successfully preventing the transfer of over 100 Australian born asylum seekers and their families to Nauru, ultimately securing their release from immigration detention into the Australian community. She also acted for a refugee injured in the Manus Island riots of February 2014 and a six year old child who suffered injuries while detained on Christmas Island. Katie has also worked at the Aboriginal Legal Aid Service in Central Australia, and volunteered with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Cambodia, focusing on issues of statelessness. Katie holds a Masters of Public and International Law from the University of Melbourne.
Professor Susan Kneebone, Melbourne Law School
Professor Susan Kneebone
Melbourne Law School
Susan Kneebone researches in the area of international migration, nationality and citizenship law, including refugees, statelessness, human trafficking, marriage migration and migrant workers, with particular reference to South East Asia. She has published widely in international journals including the Journal of Refugee Studies, the International Journal of Refugee Law, the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law. She has held visiting appointments at the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University; the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore; Refugee Law Initiative, University of London and Centre for International Migration Studies, University of Montreal. She has organised a number of international workshops which have led to edited collections in leading international journals and is a partner on several international research projects on international and forced migration issues. She is frequently invited to contribute to international publications and to review international publications and research applications.
Professor Adrienne Stone, Director
Professor Adrienne Stone
Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, Melbourne Law School
Adrienne Stone holds a Chair at Melbourne Law School where she is also an ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow and CoDirector of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies. She researches in the areas of constitutional law and constitutional theory with particular attention to freedom of expression. Her Laureate Fellowship on the theme 'Balancing Diversity and Social Cohesion in Democratic Constitutions' investigates how Constitutions, in their design and in their application, can unify while nurturing the diversity appropriate for a complex, modern society. She is First Vice President of the International Association of Constitutional Law; Vice President of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law and is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.
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
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
University of Melbourne
Cheryl Saunders is a Laureate Professor Emeritus. She has specialist interests in constitutional law and comparative public law, including federalism and intergovernmental relations and constitutional design and change, on all of which she has written widely. She is the founding director of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies and a President Emeritus of the International Association of Constitutional Law.