Event: Proportionality in Public Law: Canadian and Australian Perspectives

10 March 2017

Chair: Justice Debra Mortimer

Date: Monday 27 March 2017

This seminar explores proportionality as a principle of constitutional law. Mme Justice Dutil will explore the origins and development of the principle in Canadian constitutional law. Professor Stone will address its development in Australia with particular attention to the decision of the High Court of Australian in McCloy v New South Wales [2015] HCA 34.

Mme Justice Julie Dutil was appointed a judge of the Quebec Superior Court on November 8, 1996 and was elevated to the Court of Appeal on September 24, 2004. Since June 2013, she is the Coordinating Judge of the Quebec division of the Court of Appeal. She was president of the Conference of Quebec Superior Court Judges (2009-2010), of which she has been a board member since 1999. She has served as a board member of the Canadian Superior Court Judges Association (CSCJA) since 2003 and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2012. The CSCJA delegated her at the International Association of Judges where she is the vice-president of the Study Commission on public and social law. In addition, she acted as a board member for the Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges from 2003 to 2009. A board member of the International Conference of Mediation for Justice, Madam Justice Dutil also collaborates with the administration of Laval University's Law Faculty, where she sits on the board of the Faculty's Fonds d'enseignement et de recherche.

Adrienne Stone holds a Chair at Melbourne Law School where she is also an ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow and Director of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies.

She researches in the areas of constitutional law and constitutional theory with particular attention to freedom of expression. Her Laureate Fellowship on the theme 'Balancing Diversity and Social Cohesion in Democratic Constitutions' investigates how Constitutions, in their design and in their application, can unify while nurturing the diversity appropriate for a complex, modern society. She is First Vice President of the International Association of Constitutional Law; Vice President of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law and is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

Federal Court, Court 8A, Level 8
William Street, Melbourne


Registrations: This is a free event, registrations are essential..

RSVP: Friday, 24 March 2017

This event will be video streamed live.

RegistriesCourtrooms:Commencement Time:
Sydney (NSW)Court: 18D5:15pm
Perth (WA)Court: 12:15pm
Canberra (ACT)Court: 75:15pm
Brisbane (QLD)Court 24:15pm
Adelaide (SA)Court: 34:45pm
Hobart (TAS)Court: 15:15pm
Darwin (NT)Court: 93:45pm