AACL seminar on Constitutional litigation and the public interest - 5.30pm tomorrow


The Australian Association of Constitutional Law will hold a seminar tomorrow, Wednesday, 25 May 2016, at 5.30pm in Court 18B, Federal Court, Queens Square.

"Constitutional Litigation and the Public Interest" will feature a panel discussion on public interest in Constitutional litigation. The panel will include: Ron Merkel QC (Victorian Bar); Professor Gillian Triggs (president of the Australian Human Rights Commission); and Henry Burmester QC (chief general counsel and acting solicitor-general of the Commonwealth between 1995 and 2009). The moderator will be Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby (UNSW).

Discussion of institutional process and procedure will cover:

  • Decisions by governments and private parties to instigate, defend, or intervene in constitutional litigation;

  • Standing rules, including for amicus curiae and interveners, and the adequacy of these rules;

  • Conduct of public interest litigation and the operation of model litigant rules; and

  • Allocation of legal costs. Discussion of deeper questions will include:

  • What are the limitations on the ability of governmental and non-governmental parties to represent the public interest?

  • To what extent are positions in litigation influenced by short-term political objectives, long-term institutional interests, and broader public interest values?

This event will be open to non-members at no cost.

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