Constitutional Law Committee
Bret Walker SC
Fifth Floor St James' Hall Chambers Sydney
The terms of reference for the Committee provide for three main activities:
- Legal analysis/opinions: the Committee will assist the Law Council to understand the legal and other ramifications of constitutional law cases in the High Court and Federal Courts and proposed or legislative changes which raise constitutional issues, and make recommendations for how the Law Council might respond;
- Assistance with policy matters: the Committee will assist the Law Council with policy development where issues raising constitutional law or related High Court and Federal Court litigation are involved. In some cases, this will be in response to external developments. In other cases, the Law Council may wish to consider initiating a debate or reform in a legal area which has constitutional implications.
- Education: the Committee will have an educational mandate to run constitutional law conferences and seminars from time to time.Members have access to submissions lodged by the Section and its Committees.
The members of the Committee include eminent constitutional law experts from private practice and academia, from a number of jurisdictions.