In an article published on The Conversation, Professor John Williams and Dr Adam Webster explain how Australia’s knighthoods and damehoods are awarded. Click here to read the article.

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Professor John Williams and Dr Adam Webster explain to The Advertiser the ‘loophole’ that allows for unlimited appointments of foreign knights and dames. Click here to read the article in The Advertiser.  

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The Public Law & Policy Research Unit is pleased to invite you to Ethical Advice for Judges: American and Australian Perspectives The Colorado Judicial Ethics Advisory Board (JEAB) is an 11-member Board appointed by the Justices of the Colorado Supreme Court to offer ethical guidance to judges. Professor Hart will discuss the workings of this [...]

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In an article published on The Conversation, Adam Webster examines whether the Constitution provides any protection for farmers’ water rights impacted by coal seam gas extraction. Click here to read Adam’s article.

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In an article published on The Conversation, Kellie Toole and Adam Webster examine South Australia’s ‘world first’ community impact statements. Click here to read Kellie and Adam’s post

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In an article published on The Conversation, Dr Gabrielle Appleby, Deputy Director of the Public Law and Policy Research Unit, explains the appointment process for judges of the High Court of Australia. In examining the appointment process, Dr Appleby considers whether judges should also be representative of the community that their rulings affect and what [...]

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Last Friday was the offical launch of the Public Law and Policy Research Unit. Below are the opening remarks from the Unit’s director, Associate Professor Alexander Reilly. For decades the Adelaide Law School has been the home of prominent public law scholars – James Crawford and Hilary Charlesworth in public international law, John Finnis and [...]

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Members of the Public Law and Policy Research Unit met this week to discuss the High Court’s recent decision in Kuczborski v Queensland [2014] HCA 46. PLPRU Member, Anna Olijnyk, provides an overview of the case and the key issues from the case discussion. This was a challenge, on Kable grounds, to Queensland’s suite of [...]

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On The Monthly blog this week, PLPRU Director, Alex Reilly, explains some of the proposed changes to citizenship as a consequence of the Australian Citizenship and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014. The following is the opening paragraph of Alex’s blog post: When the Abbott government changed the “Department of Immigration and Citizenship” to “the Department [...]

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Human Rights under the Microscope: Reflections on Parliamentary Scrutiny The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights was established in 2012 to systematically scrutinise all federal bills against 7 of the core international human rights treaties Australia has ratified.  This seminar will offer both legal and political reflections on how this process of scrutinising human rights [...]

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