Public Law Review (PLR)
Critical analyses of public law and statutory interpretation
About the Journal
Public Law Review (ISSN: 1034-3024) is an influential and widely cited legal journal. The articles and commentary allow readers to stay on top of public law developments in Australasia and in other parts of the common law world. The subject of public law is broadly conceived, covering all aspects of law and government.
A feature of Public Law Review is the commentary, recent developments and book review sections, bringing to public lawyers in government, private practice and the courts coverage of topical issues and legal literature.
Articles published are critically appraised or reviewed by an academic or professional peer of the author for the purpose of maintaining the standards of the journal.
Laureate Professor Cheryl Saunders, Founding Director, Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne
Professor Janet McLean, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Law, The University of Auckland
Minh-Quan Nguyen, Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne
Board of Advisors
Margaret Allars, Australia
Nicholas Aroney, Australia
Mark Aronson, Australia
Hugh Corder, South Africa
Paul Craig, United Kingdom
Michael Crommelin, Australia
Rosalind Dixon, Australia
Richard Ekins, United Kingdom
Mark Elliott, United Kingdom
Simon Evans, Australia
Andrew Geddis, New Zealand
Claudia Geiringer, New Zealand
Philip Joseph, New Zealand
Sir Kenneth Keith, New Zealand
Sir Anthony Mason, Australia
Justice Debbie Mortimer, Australia
Brian Opeskin, Australia
Thomas Poole, United Kingdom
Paul Rishworth, New Zealand
Justice Alan Robertson, Australia
Adrienne Stone, Australia
Anne Twomey, Australia
Kristen Walker, Australia
Fiona Wheeler, Australia
Hanna Wilberg, New Zealand
John Williams, Australia
Elisabeth Zoller, France
Associate Professor Dan Meagher, School of Law, Deakin University
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The latest Part of the Public Law Review includes the following content: Comments: “The Strathclyde Review on Secondary Legislation and the Primacy of the House of Commons: Possible Lessons for Australia” – Stephen Argument; “Plaintiff S99/2016 and the Expansion of the Principle of Legality” – Bruce Chen; and the following Articles: “The Making of New Zealand’s Foreign Fighter Legislation: Timely Response or Undue Haste?” – John Ip; “Regency in the Realms” – Anne Twomey; “Reconciling Hong Kong’s Final Authority on Judicial Review with the Central Authorities in China: A Perspective from ‘One Country, Two Systems'” – Shucheng Wang; Book Reviews: “Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court” – Rosalind Dixon; “Soft Law and Public Authorities: Remedies and Reform” – Alan Robertson; and Developments.
The latest Part of the Public Law Review includes the following content: Comments: “Reforming parliamentary privilege in New Zealand” – Debra Angus; “Senate voting rules and the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Act 2016 (Cth)” – John Pyke; “Crafting a concept of deference for the implied freedom of political communication” – Murray Wesson; a Speech from the 2015 Sir Anthony Mason Lecture: “The use of proportionality in Australian constitutional law” – Hon Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE GBM; and the following Articles: “The Recognise campaign and constitutional relationships between Indigenous peoples and the state” – J L Birrell; “Prorogation: Can it ever be regarded as a reserve power?” – Professor Anne Twomey; Book review: “Public Law in the Age of Statutes: Essays in Honour of Dennis Pearce” – reviewed by the Hon Kenneth Hayne AC QC; and Developments.
The latest Part of the Public Law Review includes the following content: Comments: “The Charter’s effect on administrative decision-making” – Janina Boughey; “The jurisdiction of the Independent Commission Against Corruption after High Court challenges and legislative amendment in 2015” – John Emmerig, Michael Legg, Holly Sara and Stephanie Stacey; and the following Articles: “Deliberative processes for administrative regulations: Unenforceable public consultation provisions and the courts” – Andrew Edgar; “Out of step? The New South Wales Parliamentary Evidence Act 1901” – Beverly Duffy and Sharon Ohnesorge; “The taming of the charitable shrew: State roll back of charity tax concessions” – Ian Murray; as well as Developments.
The latest Part of the Public Law Review features a tribute to the work of Justice Kenneth Hayne AC, with selections from a symposium which originated in a session of the 2015 Constitutional Law Conference: “Introductory note – Professor Cheryl Saunders; “Justice Hayne’s contribution to public law: An overview” – Justice Geoffrey Nettle; “Justice Hayne and the constitutional underpinnings of enforcement of the limits on public power” – Stephen Donaghue QC; “Justice Hayne and the implied freedom of political communication: – Kristen Walker QC; and “Justice Hayne’s dissenting judgments” – Frances Gordon. This Part also includes the following content: Comments: “Maori rights: Legal or political?” – Claire Charters; “End-of-life choice in New Zealand’s Parliament and courts” – Andrew Geddis; “What happens in the house, stays in the house” – Robert S Shiels; Case note: “McCloy v New South Wales: Political donations, political communication and the place of proportionality analysis” – Anne Carter; Article: “Constitutional dimensions of State executive power: An analysis of the power to contract and spend” – Selena Bateman; Book Review: “Human Rights Acts: The Mechanisms Compared” – reviewed by Gabriella Raetz and Patrick Keyzer; and Developments.
New article submissions to the Public Law Review are always welcome by the Editors, Cheryl Saunders and Janet McLean. The Review is designed to make a contribution to an informed and vibrant public debate about public law in Australia and New Zealand. To that end, it seeks to publish work of the highest quality on ...more
New faces have recently joined the Board of Advisers of the Public Law Review, replacing a number of departing members who generously supported the Review over a long period of time. The Board of Advisers is integral to the Review, working with the Editors, Cheryl Saunders and Janet McLean, to maintain the high standards of the Review ...more
The latest Part of the Public Law Review includes the following content: Comments: “Delegated legislation not of lesser importance to primary legislation – but is it subject to the same standards of scrutiny?” – Stephen Argument; “Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015 (Cth)” – Helen Irving and Rayner Thwaites; and “Refining the model for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples” – Matthew Stubbs; Speech: “ISDS: Litigating the judiciary” – Chief Justice Robert French AC; Articles: “The argument for a constitutional procedure for Parliament to consult with Indigenous peoples when making laws for Indigenous affairs” – Shireen Morris; and “Advice to vice-regal officers by crown law officers and others” – Anne Twomey; Book Review: Constitutionalising Secession by David Haljan – Reviewed by David Taylor; and Developments.
The latest part of the Public Law Review includes the following Comments: “The constitutionality of draft legislation banning the wearing of face veils and similar clothing” – Mitchell Landrigan; and “Commonwealth spending after Williams (No 2): Has the new dawn risen?” – Andrew Lynch; and the following articles: “The impact of uncertain constitutional norms on government policy: Tribunal design after Kirk” – Gabrielle Appleby and Anna Olijnyk; and “An alternative (partial) justification for the holding in Kirk” – Oscar I Roos. There is also a Developments section.
Professor Janet McLean is warmly welcomed as co-editor of the Public Law Review. She has been the Book Review editor for the journal for a number of years and will now join forces with the co-founder of the journal and current co-editor, Laureate Professor Cheryl Saunders (Founding Director of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, Melbourne Law School, ...more
The latest Part of the Public Law Review includes the following articles: “An Australian spectrum of political rights scrutiny: “Continuing to lead by example?”” – Laura Grenfell; and “Resisting the siren song of the Hansen sequence: The state of Supreme Court authority on the sections 5 and 6 conundrum” – Hanna Wilberg; and the following Comments: “The 2014 counter-terrorism reforms in review” – Gabrielle Appleby; and “The use of “legislative rules” in preference to regulations: A “novel” approach?” – Stephen Argument. Also in this Part is an editorial, a book review and a Developments section.