Australia and New Zealand Chapter


– Prof Sarah Murray, University of Western Australia

– Dr Dean Knight, Victoria University of Wellington


Twitter: @icons_ausnz


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Art. 1. Mission

The aim of the Australia and New Zealand Chapter (hereinafter ‘ICON•S AUS-NZ’) is to work with ICON-S and to pursue the mission of ICON•S across Australia and New Zealand in order to:

  1. Promote the values of ICON•S, and in particular the commitment to an inter-disciplinary approach to public law that engages constitutional, administrative, and international law scholars, political scientists and practitioners so as better to understand global and transnational legal developments;
  2. Promote knowledge of and membership in the organization;
  3. Encourage the engagement of junior scholars and foster the development of regional and transnational collaborative research projects;
  4. Complement and work cooperatively with, but remain distinct from, existing national and regional organizations;
  5. Promote joining ICON•S and paying the ICON•S annual membership fee; and
  6. Promote intellectual exchange and cooperation among public law scholars in Australia and New Zealand, as well as with the judiciary and the legal profession.


Art. 2. Chapter Duties

The Chapter shall:

  1. Be organized in a way that reflects ICON•S’s commitments to transparency, accountability and good governance, as well as to gender equality and diversity in governance;
  2. Regularly disseminate notice of their events and activities via ICONnect, the AUSPUBLAW blog;
  3. Communicate an annual summary of their activities to the ICON•S Executive Committee and such information shall, where appropriate, be featured on the ICON•S website; and
  4. Be subject, in its scope, governance and membership, to periodic review (approximately every 3 years) by the members of the ICON•S Executive Committee.


Art. 3. Governance of the Chapter

The Chapter will be governed by two co-chairs who will make decisions by agreement. The identity of the co-chairs shall reflect the Chapter’s commitment to gender equality and diversity in governance. Each year, the two co-chairs will communicate an annual summary of their activities to the ICON•S Executive Committee and to the members of the Chapter.


Art. 4. Co-Chair Positions

 The founding co-chairs will be appointed for a 4 year term.  After this initial 4 year term, elections for the co-chair positions will be held. The co-chairs will hold office for four years and may be re-elected once. Following a one-term interval, co-chairs will again be eligible to stand for election. Elections for the two co-chair positions will be by majority vote and will take place every 4 years by email, online survey or similar electronic means. Only members of the Australia and New Zealand Chapter are eligible to stand for and vote in these elections.  


Art. 5. Membership of the Council

  1. Membership of the advisory council will be based on excellence in public law scholarship. The first two co-chairs will choose the first advisory council by agreement and this advisory council will serve for a term of 3 years.
  2. The advisory council will have a minimum of 25 members and a maximum of 40.
  3. Upon the expiry of the initial 3 year term, the advisory council will transition to a fully elected council with 50% of the council elected for 3 year terms and 50% of the council elected for 6 year terms. Elections are to be held by email, online survey or similar electronic means. Existing council members are eligible to stand for 2 consecutive 3 year terms or 1 term of 6 years and, in either case, are eligible for re-election after a 3 year interval. Only members of the Chapter are eligible to stand for and vote in these elections.
  4. Guided by the principles of gender equality, diversity and engagement with junior scholars, the advisory council will have a minimum of 1/3 of its members from New Zealand as well as a minimum of 5 Māori/Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members and 5 early career scholars (including 3 PhD student members).


Art. 6. Working groups

 The co-chairs may establish working groups of the Chapter to organise events and activities.


Art. 7. Membership

  1. A candidate will need the endorsement of at least one of the two co-chairs or one member of the advisory council to be admitted to the Chapter. Membership is to be free and to include 4 membership categories: academic member, judicial member, government/office holder/legal member and law student member.
  2. All members of the Chapter are encouraged to: a) Participate in the activities of the Chapter on a regular basis. b) Join ICON•S and pay the ICON•S annual membership fee. c) Promote the mission and values of ICON•S.
  3. A member of the Chapter may be suspended or terminated by the co-chairs if this is deemed necessary to fulfill the mission of the Chapter within Article 1.


Art. 8. Conference and Activities

  1. The Chapter will organize a conference either annually or bi-annually. For this purpose, the Chapter can collaborate with existing national and regional organizations. The conference will be held during a different month than that in which the ICON•S annual Conference is held.
  2. Unless agreed to by the co-chairs, the institution hosting the conference will be required to fund the travel and accommodation costs of 1 overseas speaker for the conference.
  3. The Chapter will support other workshops, symposia and colloquia as considered appropriate by the co-chairs.
  4. The Chapter may also organize mooting, essay competitions or similar activities as deemed appropriate by the co-chairs.


Art. 9. Amendments

 This Charter can be amended by a majority vote among the two co-chairs and the advisory council. Voting can be conducted via email, online survey or similar electronic means.