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.