The TC Beirne School of Law’s Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law at The University of Queensland, and the Supreme Court of Queensland Library are proud to host the Q150 Constitutional Conference on the theme “Queensland Constitution at 150: Origins and Evolution". The conference will be held at the Queensland Parliament House, George Street, Brisbane on 29th May 2009, followed by a dinner at the Parliamentary Dining Room.

The Constitution of Queensland is our State’s fundamental document. First embodied in Letters Patent and an Order in Council issued in 1859, the Constitution was soon thereafter enacted as a statute of the Queensland Parliament, and has been revised several times since then, most recently culminating in the modernized Constitution of Queensland 2001.

This conference will bring together several leading experts to discuss the origins, historical development and future of the Queensland Constitution. Papers will include:

  • Queensland’s Constitutional Inheritance from NSW
  • Governor Bowen, Queensland’s First Governor
  • The 1867 Constitution
  • Constitutional Milestones after 1867
  • Responsible Government without an Upper House
  • Constituent Powers of the Queensland Parliament
  • Evolution of the Queensland Constitution 
  • Looking Ahead

Information correct as at date of event.

About the hosts

The Law School's Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law at The University of Queensland

The Law School is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious law schools. The School is dedicated to excellence in the creation and dissemination of legal knowledge, the education of outstanding, socially responsible lawyers who will serve as leaders in their fields, and the improvement of the law and legal institutions through research, teaching and engagement with our national and international communities.

The Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law (CPICL) is comprised of academic staff and research higher degree students from the UQ Law School who work in close collaboration with scholars from other disciplines within the University of Queensland, and with like-minded research organisations around the world to engage in research in the fields of public law (including the law of public, religious and professional institutions), public and private international law, and legal theory, including philosophical, economic, social and historical perspectives on law. Comparative law spans the other research interests of the Centre, with an Asia-Pacific focus for much of its activity.

The Supreme Court of Queensland Library

The Supreme Court of Queensland Library is the primary legal information provider in Queensland, servicing the Queensland Courts, including the Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts; members of the legal profession; libraries; researchers; schools; and members of the public.

The Library maintains an extensive research quality collection and provides a range of information services, including reference and research assistance, document delivery, judgment indices and current awareness. These services are widely available to members of the legal profession and, in most instances, to the Queensland public.

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