The 2020 conference, to be held at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, is the fourth in a biennial series of major international conferences on Public Law. The series was founded at the University of Cambridge, with the first two conferences held at Cambridge in 2014 and 2016, and the third in Melbourne in 2018. The 2020 conference is therefore the second to be held outside Cambridge and will be co-organised by the University of Ottawa, the University of Melbourne and the University of Cambridge. One of the aims of the Public Law series is to enable dialogue to take place between participants from different legal systems. In order to allow this to happen within manageable parameters the focus of the conference is on common law jurisdictions. In keeping with the fact that the next conference takes place in Canada, the 2020 version will include sessions on public law in mixed jurisdictions, where common law, civil law and Indigenous law live side by side.

Approximately 300 people, including 80 speakers, drawn from across the common law world will attend the conference. The conference will run over two and a half days and will be based at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, with delegates staying at nearby accommodation.

An edited collection arising from the first conference, Public Law Adjudication in Common Law Systems: Process and Substance, was published by our principal sponsor, Hart Publishing, in 2016; and a volume arising from the second conference, The Unity of Public Law? Doctrinal, Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives was published by Hart in 2018. An edited collection drawn from the third conference held at Melbourne, entitled The Frontiers of Public Law, will be published by Hart in 2019.  Similarly, it is our intention to produce an edited collection of a small selection of the papers fromthe 2020 conference, which would be the fourth such volume.

The conference delegates will include leading scholars and judges from across the common law world. The conference is also committed to developing the next generation of scholars and as such will also feature the work of emerging researchers and doctoral students.

The conference will take place in Canada’s capital region and one of its most historically important and picturesque cities.

Further information on the Public Law Conference series can be found here.