The Hon Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE
former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia

Conference Committee:
Suri Ratnapala, Professor of Public Law, UQ
Thomas John, Chair, European Focus Group, LCA
Nicholas Aroney, Reader in Law, UQ
Hendryk Flaegel, International Law Section, LCA

The Law Council of Australia's European Focus Group and the Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law (CPICL), TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, are proud to announce the major International Conference:

The Future of Federalism

Brisbane, 10 - 12 July 2008.

Australian federalism has been under strain in recent years and there are calls for an evaluation of the state of the federation focusing on the distribution of powers and fiscal arrangements. There are similar issues elsewhere where federalism defines constitutional arrangements. On the positive side, federalism offers prospects for constitutional settlements in countries and regions threatened with ethnic and other divisions. At the global level we observe federating processes at work in the emergence of regional confederal systems and international legal regimes on trade and commerce and human rights.

The Conference will bring together an international panel of experts to discuss the major challenges and opportunities for federal systems and to share ideas and experiences. The contributions will include critical discussions from Australian, German, European Community, US and Canadian perspectives.


Hosted by



Endorsed by


    At the lover's side there hung
But when Rinaldo beheld himself
Even the messengers
She could say no more
Down fell Armida on the ground
Every thing as he advanced
Armida writhed and wailed
With these long-desired
The battle joined
INo trial was this
Dimly thus looking
As in the gean Sea
He did not die. He summoned
Dreadful was the waking
Thus lay Tancred for days together
The Christians
The Power of Evil sat looking
The pretended fugitive made
An indignant pity took possession
Yet none of all these men confessed
The victor had scarcely gone
  Meanwhile news came to Godfrey
But no sooner was the feast over
The mortified enchantress
In a little while she sat down
Meantime the siege of the Holy City
The necessity of the Christians
At last Tancred went
As a sick man in a dream thinks
The knights, with information
It was evening, with a beautiful
The knights passed through


First Gay Marriage