2016: The Unity of Public Law?

2016: The Unity of Public Law?

 

This conference was the second in a biennial series of major international conferences on Public Law. The theme for this conference was “The Unity of Public Law?” One of the aims of the Public Law series is to enable dialogue to take place between participants from different legal systems. In order to allow this to happen within manageable parameters, the scope of the conference is limited to common law jurisdictions.

Approximately 300 people, including 70 speakers, attended the conference. The conference ran over two and a half days and was be based in the Faculty of Law, with delegates staying at nearby accommodation owned by Gonville and Caius College and Clare College.

The conference conveners were Professor John Bell (Professor of Law, University of Cambridge), Professor Mark Elliott (Professor of Public Law, University of Cambridge) and Dr Jason Varuhas (Research Fellow, Christ’s College, Cambridge and Senior Lecturer, UNSW). The assistant convenor was Dr Shona Wilson Stark (College Lecturer in Law, Christ’s College, Cambridge).

The keynote speakers were:

  • Professor TRS Allan, Professor of Jurisprudence and Public Law, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Johannes Chan, Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong
  • The Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias, Chief Justice of New Zealand
  • The Hon Robert French, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia
  • Professor Claudia Geiringer, Professor of Public Law, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Professor Janet Hiebert, Department of Political Studies, Queen’s University, Ontario
  • Professor Audrey Macklin, Chair in Human Rights Law, University of Toronto
  • Professor Aileen McHarg, Professor of Public Law, University of Strathclyde
  • The Rt Hon Lord Reed, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
  • Professor Cheryl Saunders, Laureate Professor, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Peter L Strauss, Betts Professor of Law, Columbia University

We were also very pleased to have been able appoint to our Advisory Board leading scholars who were drawn from a variety of sub-disciplines within Public Law and from range of common law jurisdictions. The Advisory Board for the 2016 Conference consisted of:

  • Professor Mark Aronson, Emeritus Professor, University of New South Wales
  • Professor David Feldman, Rouse Ball Professor of English Law, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Carol Harlow, Emeritus Professor of Law, London School of Economics
  • Richard Hart, Founder, Hart Publishing
  • Professor Cora Hoexter, Professor of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • Professor Janet McLean, Professor of Law, The University of Auckland
  • The Rt Hon Lord Reed, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
  • Professor Cheryl Saunders, Laureate Professor, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Robert Thomas, Professor of Public Law, University of Manchester

The following resources are available from the conference: