On 22 February, PLPRU co-hosted the 2018 Public Law in the Classroom Workshop at the University of New South Wales (in conjunction with the Gilbert + Tobin Centre). Public law teachers from around Australia as well as New Zealand and the UK gathered together to share insights, tips and challenges. The event was an outstanding success, highlighted by the lively discussions and questions after each panel presentation.
The first panel of the day, chaired by Gemma McKinnon (UNSW) focused on Indigenous issues, perspectives and law in the public law classroom. Jason Behrendt of Chalk and Behrendt delivered the keynote address, with Marcelle Burns (UNE), Melissa Castan (Monash) and Christopher Davis (Adelaide) contributing shorter papers.
Gemma McKinnon introduces the panel on Indigenous Issues, Perspectives and Law
The second panel, chaired by Gabrielle Appleby (UNSW) tackled the practical challenges of teaching and assessing large and/or online cohorts. Luke Beck (Monash), Joe McIntyre (Uni SA) and Kate Galloway (Bond) spoke about innovative uses of technology in public law teaching.
The final panel of the day, chaired by Nick Kelly of the NSW Bar and the University of Sydney, explored the intersection between Public Law Teaching and Practice. We heard papers from Joanna Davidson (NSW Bar and UNSW), Daniel Ghezelbash (Macquarie) and, last but not least, PLPRU Director Alex Reilly.
As in previous years, the workshop was a unique opportunity for public law teachers to meet, to exchange ideas, and to inspire one another.