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Legal research guide: Public Law: Public Law home

Find legislation, case law, key journals and databases, and tips on keeping your research current, in the area of Australian Public Law.

What is public law?

"The body of law dealing with the powers, rights, and obligations of the government and the governed. Public law is generally considered to be composed of constitutional, administrative, environmental, international, and criminal law. It also includes any statutory law that relates to the entire population of a state and that determines the responsibility of public officers towards the state, each other, and the public. It is contrasted with private law." 

 Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary (LexisNexis AU)

Interpretation and use of legal sources

An Interview with Michael Kirby: Interpretation and Use of Legal Sources. The text discussed is part of the Laws of Australia series (online and in the library).

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