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
Joshua Quinn-Watson, 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 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.
The latest Part of PLR includes the following Comments: “Future challenges on the path to constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples” – Megan Davis; “Dedicated Indigenous representation in New Zealand’s Parliament” – Andrew Geddis; the following Speech: “The changing character of judicial review in Australia: The legacy of Marbury v Madison?” – Ronald Sackville AO QC; and the following articles: “The Constitution and its common law background” – Jeffrey Goldsworthy; and “Dual federal and State judicial appointments: An Australian impossibility?” – Sarah Murray. There is also a book review and a developments section.
The latest Part of the Public Law Review includes the following content: Comments: “Commonwealth v Australian Capital Territory” – Margaret Brock; “Options for the Senate’s voting system” – Brian Costar; “Williams v Commonwealth (No 2): The National School Chaplaincy Program struck down again” – Simon Evans; Speech: “Federal implications under the Australian Constitution” – Stephen McLeish SC; Articles: “Constitutional restraints to the development of privacy in Hong Kong” – Jojo YC Mo; “The constitutional validity of State Chief Justices acting as Governor” – Matthew Stubbs; Book reviews and Developments.
The latest Part of PLR includes the following articles: “A power “singular and eccentrical”: Royal commissions and executive power after Williams” – Nicholas Aroney; “Rethinking unreasonableness review” – Leighton McDonald; “Accountability of the judiciary” – Hon Justice McGrath; and the following Comments: “Drafting a replacement for the races power in the Australian Constitution” – Rosalind Dixon and George Williams; “New Zealand’s Parliamentary Privilege Bill: The empire finally strikes back” – Andrew Geddis; “Fortescue Metals Group Ltd v Commonwealth: Discrimination and fiscal federalism” – Amelia Simpson. There is also a Developments section.