The Future of Australian Federalism: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

The recent Cambridge University Press publication, The Future of Australian Federalism: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, showcases the work of two of the University of Adelaide Law School’s public law scholars. Gabrielle Appleby is a co-editor of the volume, with Professor Nicholas Aroney (University of Queensland) and Thomas John (Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department). Gabrielle co-authored a chapter, ‘Australian Federalism: Past, Present amd Future Tense‘ with Professor Aroney and Thomas John. Cornelia Koch contributed a chapter to the volume: ‘Bis hierher sollst du kommen und nicht weiter’: the German constitutional court and the boundaries of the European integration process.

The volume is described as follows:

At a time when the operation and reform of federal relations within Australia is squarely on the political agenda, this volume brings together eminent lawyers, economists and political scientists who explain, analyse and evaluate the theory and principles underpinning the Australian federal system. Topics covered include the High Court’s approach to the interpretation of the Constitution and this has influenced federal relations in practice; different forms of intergovernmental cooperative arrangements; fiscal relations between the Commonwealth and the states; and emergent ethn0-cultural and socioeconomic diversity within the Australian federation. Comparative perspectives from Germany, America, Canada, Switzerland, India and the European Union provide unique prisms through which to view the operation of the Australian system and to contemplate its reform.

The Future of Australian Federalism: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives is now available for purchase online through Cambridge University Press: 

The volume will be launched at the upcoming Constitutional Law Recent Developments Conference (20-21 July 2012) at the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at the University of Melbourne by Mr Roger Wilkins AO, the Secretary of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.

Gabrielle Appleby and Cornelia Koch are Senior Lecturers at the University of Adelaide Law School.


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