Public Law Conference 2018: The Frontiers of Public Law
Call For Papers

11-13 July 2018, Melbourne Law School

The Public Law Conference series is the pre-eminent regular forum for the discussion of public law matters in the common law world. The first two conferences in the Public Law series were held in Cambridge in 2014 and 2016. From 11 to 13 July 2018, Melbourne Law School will host the Third Biennial Public Law Conference, co-organised by the University of Melbourne and the University of Cambridge. The theme is ‘The Frontiers of Public Law'. The 2018 conference, co-convened by Mark Elliott (Cambridge) and Jason Varuhas (Melbourne), will feature approximately 70 speakers from across the common law world, and bring together over 300 delegates to discuss the most important issues in public law today.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS: The convenors have confirmed the participation of a number of leading judges and scholars from across the common law world: Prof Nicholas Aroney (Queensland); Prof Mark Aronson (UNSW); Sir Jack Beatson (English Court of Appeal); Prof Hilary Charlesworth (Melbourne); Prof Hugh Corder (Cape Town); Prof Anne Davies (Oxford); Prof Megan Davis (UNSW); Prof Laura A Dickinson (George Washington); Prof Mark Elliott (Cambridge); Prof David Feldman (Cambridge); Prof Fu Hualing (HKU); Prof Carol Harlow (LSE); Hon Mr Kenneth Hayne (formerly High Court of Australia); Justice Grant Huscroft (Ontario Court of Appeal); Prof Benedict Kingsbury (NYU); Lord Mance (UK Supreme Court); Prof Janet McLean (Auckland); Justice Debbie Mortimer (Federal Court of Australia); Justice Matthew Palmer (New Zealand High Court); Prof Angela R Riley (UCLA); Prof Cheryl Saunders (Melbourne); Prof Anne Twomey (Sydney); Associate Prof Jason N E Varuhas (Melbourne).

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: The call for papers is now open, and the conference website gives details about how to submit an abstract: The call for papers closes on 25 August 2017. The convenors invite contributions by those at all career stages. The 2018 conference will include dedicated panel sessions for doctoral students and a fee-waiver programme for doctoral candidates participating in those panels; and the Richard Hart Prize will be awarded to the best paper by an early career scholar.

THEME: The theme of the 2018 conference is the ‘The Frontiers of Public Law', which focuses attention on the most significant and cutting edge topics in public law today. These include the respective boundaries of public law and private law; the scope of application of public law norms; the role of public law in determining the boundaries of constitutional actors' powers; the proper boundaries of the judicial role; issues in federalism and devolution; the interrelationship between domestic public law and international law, including the notions of global administrative law and global constitutional law; the boundary between law and politics; sources of public law norms; and the relationship between public law and indigenous law, rights and culture. For further information visit the conference website:

SPONSORSHIP AND PUBLICATION: The 2018 Public Law Conference is sponsored by Hart Publishing Ltd. An edited collection arising from the first conference, Public Law Adjudication in Common Law Systems: Process and Substance, was published by Hart Publishing, in 2016; and a volume arising from the second conference, The Unity of Public Law? Doctrinal, Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives, will be published later this year by Hart. Similarly, it is intended that there will be an edited collection of a small selection of the papers given at the 2018 conference.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Please visit for further information on the 2018 Public Law Conference.

Posted: 4 Aug 2017