Current Contemporary Constitutional Controversies Occasional Colloquium Series


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Current Contemporary Constitutional Controversies is a high-profile colloquium series dedicated to timely and incisive discussion of the most important constitutional cases decided by the High Court of Australia each year.

The series, presented by UQ‰Ûªs TC Beirne School of Law and the Supreme Court of Queensland Library with the support of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law, provides a forum for leading scholars, practitioners and members of the judiciary to analyse and discuss current constitutional issues.

Delivered in an informal format to facilitate open debate, each colloquium features a speaker and commentator who are asked to monitor important constitutional cases from the commencement of proceedings to the delivery of judgment so that the seminar can be held very soon after the reasons for decision are delivered.

The event will comprise a Chair to introduce the speaker and commentator who will each deliver brief presentations on the colloquium topic before a discussion of the issues they raise.  

Speakers and commentators are drawn from leading public law scholars, practitioners and judges from Queensland and interstate.


Attendance is on a RSVP basis and restricted to numbers appropriate to a colloquium format. Registration details will be provided on the Series event listing page.

Time and Venue:

The seminars will take place between 5.30pm and 7.00pm in the Library Conference Room, Level 12, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, 415 George Street, Brisbane. Each event will be followed by light refreshments.


Due to the informal nature of the event, speakers will not necessarily prepare written papers. If a paper is written for distribution it will be made available through this website. A hard copy will not be provided at the colloquium itself.