ANU College of Law is delighted to virtually welcome Professor Gabrielle Appleby, UNSW Law, and Professor Megan Davis, Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous UNSW and Balnaves Chair for Constitutional Law, UNSW Law.
They will be presenting a book project in development on the Rule of Law in Context in Australia (part of a new series with Hart Publishing). The ‘rule of law’ concept has different meanings, uses and instantiations across the world’s legal systems. In Australian legal and political spheres it becomes even more complicated with claims to state sovereignty and rule of law in a system that has an incoherent legal foundation in its intentional ignorance of, and arbitrary violence perpetrated against, First Nations, their sovereignty and law. Join Professors Appleby and Davis as they explain their project, which examines the rule of law in Australia as it is experienced: beyond the claims (and celebrations) of colonial rule of law achievements, constitutional promises and protections of rule of law and the relationship between rule of law and the Australian commitment to judicial legalism. The book will canvass a diverse spectrum of rule of law achievements and failures from the lived experiences of those who engage with the Australian legal system, with a particular focus on that of First Nations people.