The Federation Press

Public Law in Australia


Blackshield & Williams’ Australian Constitutional Law and Theory and Douglas & Jones’ Administrative Law are leading textbooks in their respective fields, the one now in its 5th edition, the other in its 6th. They are widely used in Australian law schools, most of which have separate courses in each subject. Some, however, teach a course in public law which straddles both courses; one of these is the Law School at Sydney University.

This book takes sections from each book to make a text on Public Law in Australia. The sections included have been selected by those teaching the course at Sydney Law School and the book will be used as the course text in that Law School.


Blackshield and Williams Australian Constitutional Law and Theory [T]he leading Australian student casebook on its subject ... It is a delight to leaf through, and even more of a delight to read carefully on a given topic ... When I first got the book, and read the extremely laudatory reviews on the back over, I doubted whether any book could justify such enthusiasm. I was wrong. This is a book which one should own, read and revere. - Law Institute Journal of Victoria

Douglas and Jones’s Administrative Law One of the foremost texts on administrative law for students and practitioners ... an essential addition to the library. - Victorian Bar News

Table of Contents

Introduction to Constitutional Law
Constitutional Amendment and Bills of Rights
Representative Government
The Judiciary Implications Arising from Chapter III of the Australian Constitution
The Executive
Executive Rule-Making
Open Government
Executive Accountability — An Introduction to Administrative Law
Reasons for Decisions
Judicial Review of Administrative Decisions — Jurisdiction and Justiciability
Investigating Administrative Conduct

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