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LAWS1703 Principles of Public Law (Seminars)

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Forgan Smith (1)

Room W332

St Lucia

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"Principles of Public Law is an introductory level law course designed for students in the second semester of their first year law studies. 'Public law' could encompass everything from criminal law to discrimination law, but its central elements arise from two fields; constitutional law and administrative law. As its name suggests, this course is an introduction to the basic principles in these fields. The central questions Principles of Public Law considers are ‘How is governmental power divided?' and 'How is it accountable?

2018 is the second year that the course has been taught in seminar format (comprising a weekly one-hour lecture and two-hour seminar), having transitioned from the two-hour lecture plus one-hour tutorial format in 2017.

Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh is a Senior Lecturer in public and constitutional law at the TC Beirne School of Law. Her research focuses on the courts and national security. She has lectured in a range of subjects across the law curriculum, including subjects for first-year undergraduates, final-year undergraduates and a Masters elective in counter-terrorism and human rights for both law and international relations students. Dr Ananian-Welsh is experienced in interactive, seminar style teaching and her teaching focuses on embedding complex concepts and then calling on students to question and apply these concepts in authentic, real-world exercises. Rebecca aims to facilitate a highly-interactive class space in which particularly controversial issues might be debated and ‘stupid questions’ asked in an atmosphere that builds interest, confidence, intellectual enthusiasm and curiosity, and professional respect for the views and arguments of others.

Rebecca has published widely in leading outlets and spoken at Australian and international events. She co-authored The Tim Carmody Affair: Australia’s Greatest Judicial Crisis (NewSouth Press, 2016) and co-edited Judicial Independence in Australia: Contemporary Challenges and Future Directions (Federation Press, 2016) and Regulating Preventive Justice: Principle, Policy and Paradox (Routledge, 2017). Rebecca has twice given evidence to the Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security and regularly engages with government and the media. In 2017 she was awarded the 2017 TC Beirne School of Law Award for Research Excellence and The Tim Carmody Affair was shortlisted a Queensland Literary Award.

Prior to joining UQ, Rebecca was an Associate Lecturer at the University of New South Wales where she won an award for her seminar teaching in the area of Public Law. At UNSW, Rebecca was an academic member of the Laureate Fellowship Project ‘Anti-Terror Laws and the Democratic Challenge’, and held research positions with the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law’s ‘Terrorism & Law Project’ and Professor Janet Chan’s ARC Project ‘Legal Culture, Work Stress and Professional Practice: A Study of Australian Lawyers’. Before commencing her academic career, Rebecca was a litigation solicitor with DLA Piper Sydney and a legal officer with the Federal Attorney-General’s Department.

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Forgan Smith (1)

Room W332

St Lucia

Australia

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