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George Williams is Dean of Law at the University of New South Wales. This is the full text of his address to the National Press Club on 30 August 2017.
This article presents statistical information about the High Court’s decision making for 2011 at both an institutional and individual level, with an emphasis on constitutional cases as a subset of the total.
The authors emphasise the importance of acknowledging the limitations that inhere in...
This article catalogues Australia’s record of enacting anti-terror laws since 9/11. With the benefit of perspective that a decade brings, it draws conclusions and identifies lessons about this body of law for the Australian legal system and the ongoing task of protecting the community from...
A number of papers from the conference, held in February 2006, are available online. They include:
• Alex Reilly, Macquarie University – Appropriations and Expenditures: Where do the Limits Lie? Combet v Commonwealth • David Bennett QC, Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth – The High...
Papers and audio from the 2005 Constitutional Law Conference and Dinner, held on 18 February, are now available online. Speakers include Anne Twomey, John Uhr, Senator George Brandis, Andrew Lynch, Arthur Glass and George Williams.
Andrew Lynch and George Williams present basic information about the High Court's decision-making for 2004 at both an institutional and individual level, with an emphasis on constitutional cases as a subset of the total.
It is often assumed that elections in nations with long-standing democratic processes, such as Australia, Canada, Britain and the US, are 'free and fair'. Bryan Mercurio and George Williams examine whether the Australian electoral system fits this description, with the primary focus on the federal...
This article addresses a number of key issues confronting contemporary electoral law in Australia. It demonstrates that Australian electoral law is facing many of the same questions and problems that concern other nations, such as how best to regulate campaign financing, regulating ballot access, and...
The leader of the federal opposition, Simon Crean, asked the Gilbert and Tobin Centre to provide an opinion on the legality under international law of the use of force by Australia against Iraq in the absence of a further Security Council resolution. The centre concluded...