Constitutional Government During a Pandemic

Melbourne Law School COVID-19 and Law Expert Panel series: "Constitutional Government During a Pandemic"


Melbourne Law School presents the Covid-19 and Law Expert Panel series. This "Constitutional Government During a Pandemic" webinar features Professor Joo-Cheong Tham, Professor Michael Crommelin and Professor Emeritus Cheryl Saunders AO, and was facilitated by Professor Adrienne Stone.


Joo-Cheong Tham is a Professor at Melbourne Law School and has taught at the law schools of Victoria University and La Trobe University. His research spans the fields of labour law and public law with a focus on law and democracy; and the regulation of precarious work. He has also undertaken considerable research into counter-terrorism laws. He has published more than 40 refereed articles and book chapters, edited two collections and produced three monographs including Money and Politics: The Democracy We Can’t Afford (2010, UNSW Press). In 2012, Joo-Cheong became the inaugural Director of the Electoral Regulation Research Network.

Professor Michael Crommelin is Zelman Cowen Professor of Law and Director of Studies, Energy and Resources Law in the Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne.  He was Dean of the Melbourne Law School from 1989 to 2002, from 2003 until 2007, and in 2010. He was admitted as an Australian lawyer in 1969, has been a member of the American Law Institute since 1998, and was elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2010. He has served on committees of legal professional bodies including the Council of the Section on Energy and Resources Law of the International Bar Association and the Resources, Energy and Environment Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia. In 1976 he was a foundation member of AMPLA, a not-for-profit professional organisation for energy and resources lawyers, was its president in 1985-6, and is now a life member. In 2009 he was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to the law and legal education.

Professor Cheryl Saunders has specialist interests in Australian and comparative public law, including comparative constitutional law and method, intergovernmental relations and constitutional design and change. She is a President Emeritus of the International Association of Constitutional Law, a former President of the International Association of Centres for Federal Studies, a former President of the Administrative Review Council of Australia and a senior technical advisor to the Constitution Building program of International IDEA. She has held visiting positions in law schools in many parts of the world and is an officer of the Order of Australia and a Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur of France. Cheryl Saunders 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 has published The Australian Constitution: A Contextual Analysis (Hart Publishing, 2011) and is presently working on a monograph on comparative constitutional law.

Professor Adrienne Stone holds a Chair at Melbourne Law School where she is also a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow, a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Director 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 Program on Comparative Constitutional Law assembles a research team to investigate challenges to liberal democratic constitutionalism. She is the President of the International Association of Constitutional Law and is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and Australian Academy of Law.

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