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2024 Public Law Conference

Welcome to the 2024 Public Law Conference

This most recent edition will be hosted by the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, and co-organized by the uOttawa Public Law Centre and the Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne. This edition of the conference series will be held from July 3-5, 2024. The conference series is sponsored by Hart Publishing Ltd, and we are tremendously grateful for their continuous support in our endeavours to grow public law across the globe.

As Canada’s capital, Ottawa is the perfect place to experience some of the country’s best attractions, celebrations and flavours in one welcoming city. The city and its surroundings are home to a unique blend of urban and rural beauty, year-round outdoor activities, and vibrant neighbourhoods, Ottawa is a brilliant place to explore between lectures.

The Ottawa region is the traditional and unceded territory of the Anishinabeg Algonquin, who have stewarded, travelled and inhabited these lands for millennia. We acknowledge the enduring presence of all First Nations, Métis and Inuit on this land.

View of Rideau Canal Locks from Ottawa River

Located between Toronto and Montreal, Ottawa is a vibrant melting pot of Canada’s diverse cultures. The metropolitan region stretches across the Ottawa River to Quebec, accessible by way of one of many bridges, a boat ride across the river, or even ride the world’s first interprovincial zipline.

National War Memorial and Ceremonial Guards

Ottawa is the perfect place to visit one or more of seven of Canada’s national museums, touching Canadian history, art, war, aviation, science and more. The National Art Center represents the entire country through orchestra, dance, variety, and multilingual theatre programming. Other sites of national importance include the historic Fairmont Chateau Laurier (the first in a series of hotels constructed by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Company), the Canadian War Monument, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.


This edition of the Public Law Conference is not to be missed.

Notable speakers from around the world will be contributing to an unforgettable three-day experience.


The University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world. Located in the heart of Canada’s capital, we have ready access to the great institutions of our country.

The Conference

The 2024 Public Law Conference, to be held at the University of Ottawa, is the latest in a series of major international conferences on Public Law. The Public Law Conference series has become the pre-eminent regular forum for the discussion of public law matters in the common law world since the inaugural conference in the University of Cambridge in 2014.

The first two conferences were held in the University of Cambridge in 2014 and 2016 with the third being hosted by the University of Melbourne in 2018. The 2020 edition was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19 and the 2022 edition was hosted at Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin.


Platinum Sponsor: Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is one of the largest law firms in Canada. It is an international, sector-focused firm with more than 1,500 legal professionals around the world, with deep expertise in public and administrative law. We are very grateful to Gowling WLG for its generous support of this edition of the Public Law Conference.


Hart Publishing is one of the main co-sponsors of the 2024 edition of the Public Law Conference and has been a long-standing partner of the Public Law series. Hart has played a significant role in the founding of the conference series, and we are grateful for Hart’s ongoing dedication and support of the Public Law series.

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