Public Law & Policy Research Unit Launch and Showcase

The launch of the University of Adelaide’s Public Law & Policy Research Unit (PLPRU) will showcase the research of members of the Unit, and consider strategies to ensure our research has an impact in the formation of public law and policy. Leading public law scholars from around Australia will reflect on the nature of public law research, and comment on future directions for the PLPRU.

When:     Friday 12 December 2014, 10am – 5pm
Where:     Conference Room, Level 7, Ingkarni Wardli Building, University of Adelaide
Cost:    Free (lunch and refreshments included)
RSVP:    By Friday 5 December 2014
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10am – Opening Remarks

Professor Christopher Findlay, Executive Dean, Faculty of the Professions
Assoc Prof Alexander Reilly, Director of the PLPRU

10:15am – Judicial innovation and Chapter III

Dr Gabrielle Appleby, Deputy Director, PLPRU
Anna Olijnyk, PLPRU
Commentator: Assoc Professor James Stellios, ANU
Chair: Dr Matthew Stubbs, PLPRUI

11:45am – Human rights in Australia

Dr Laura Grenfell, PLPRU
Professor Lisa Hill, PLPRU
Commentator: Professor Andrew Byrnes, UNSW
Chair: Cornelia Koch, PLPRU

2:15pm – Migration

Dr Helen Field, Australian Population and Migration Research Centre
Dr Joanna Howe, PLPRU
Dr Judith Bannister, PLPRU
Commentator: Assoc Professor Joo-Cheong Tham, University of Melbourne
Chair: Professor Amanda Nettelbeck, PLPRU

3:45pm – Roundtable, launch and drinks

Members of the Unit’s Advisory Board and our commentators will be invited to share their thoughts on the challenges for a new public law research centre and to respond to questions relating to effective public law research, including the role of engagement with government, the legal profession and the public, and the relationship between public law research and political advocacy.
Chair: Dr Peter Burdon, PLPRU

The Public Law & Policy Research Unit contributes an independent scholarly voice on issues of public law and policy vital to Australia’s future. It provides expert analysis on government law and policy initiatives and judicial decisions and contributes to public debate through formulating its own law reform proposals.

More information on the PLPRU can be found here:




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