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The Foundations of Australian Public Law
State, Power, Accountability


  • Date Published: May 2017
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107679795

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  • In The Foundations of Australian Public Law, Anthony J. Connolly brings together the two traditionally discrete areas of constitutional and administrative law to present Australian public law as a single, integrated body. Exploring the themes of state, power and accountability in Australia, the text also makes reference to the law of international jurisdictions, where students are informed by contemporary public law theory. Particular attention is also given to the rise of global public law and the increasingly cosmopolitan nature of the subject in Australia. A comprehensive companion website complements the theory and discussion throughout the text and includes chapter summaries, further readings and discussion questions to encourage extended student learning. Written by a leader in the field, The Foundations of Australian Public Law is a key text for students looking to gain a comprehensive understanding of public law across Australia's federal, state and territory jurisdictions.

    • Adopts a thematic and integrated approach to the subject matter, through the use of the core concepts of state, power and accountability
    • Incorporates comparative aspects, drawing on legal and political developments in Europe, North America and Asia
    • Informed by key ideas in contemporary public law theory and by current developments in the theory and practice of higher education
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    • Date Published: May 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107679795
    • length: 470 pages
    • dimensions: 248 x 175 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: what is Australian public law?
    2. Constitution I: the history of the Australian state
    3. Constitution II: the structure of the Australian state
    4. Legitimation: justifying state power
    5. Legislation: making and unmaking law
    6. Administration: governing lawfully
    7. Adjudication: delimiting state power
    8. Validation: reviewing state action
    9. Protection: human rights and Australian public law
    10. Direction: future trends in Australian public law.

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    Anthony J. Connolly, Australian National University, Canberra
    Anthony J. Connolly is an Associate Professor at the Law School of the Australian National University (ANU). He teaches and researches in the areas of public law, legal philosophy and indigenous rights law. He is the author of Cultural Difference on Trial: The Nature and Limits of Judicial Understanding (2010). He is also the editor of Indigenous Rights (2009), Public Law in the Age of Statutes (with D. Stewart, 2015) and Cultural Heritage Rights (2015). In addition, he has published a number of book chapters and journal articles in his areas of expertise. He has convened and taught the compulsory undergraduate and J.D. courses Australian Public Law and Legal Theory at the ANU for the past ten years. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of Australia's leading journal on Australian federal law and federalism, the Federal Law Review, since 2014.

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