Call for Papers: The Fourth Biennial Public Law Conference
University of Ottawa Law School, Common Law Section, 17-19 June 2020
The 2020 conference, convened by Peter Oliver (Ottawa), Michael Pal (Ottawa), Jason N E Varuhas (Melbourne), and Shona Wilson Stark (Cambridge), will feature approximately 80 speakers from across the common law world, and bring together over 250 delegates to discuss the most important issues in public law today. The convenors have confirmed the participation of a number of leading judges, scholars and office-holders from common law jurisdictions. The full list of confirmed speakers can be found on the conference website.
The theme of the conference is “Public Law: Rights, Duties and Powers”. The theme is intended to invite engagement with a range of topics related to the conceptual building blocks of public law systems, with a focus on rights, duties and powers. Among the questions that fall within the theme are ones concerning rights-based theories of public law, and critiques of such theories; the role of different public institutions in recognising, interpreting and implementing rights; theories of public law based in duties, such as fiduciary duties, and critiques of such theories; the nature and legal regulation of different types of public law duties, including the duties owed by the state to Indigenous peoples, individuals, and to the community as a whole; distribution of powers between central and subnational jurisdictions, and within single jurisdictions; the nature and legal regulation of public powers including statutory, prerogative, de facto, and contractual powers; and new modes of public power including use of soft law and new technologies. The conference will address these topics from the perspective of common law and also mixed systems. A fuller description of the conference theme can be found here.