Public Sentinels: A Comparative Study of Australian Solicitors-General

Public Sentinels: A Comparative Study of Australian Solicitors-General

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In recent years, controversy has surrounded the role of top government lawyers both in the US and the UK where allegations of bad lawyering and bad ethics in public office have thrust this group into the public debate. By contrast Australia’s chief legal adviser, the Solicitor-General, has remained largely out of the public eye. This collection provides an historical, theoretical, practical and comparative perspective and a rare insight into a fundamental public institution in all Australian jurisdictions, and at a time when the transparency and accountability of government has taken on an increased significance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472407030
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 02/28/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

The editors, Gabrielle Appleby, Patrick Keyzer and John Williams, have a large culmination of editorial experience and have published extensively in constitutional law, legal history and the judicial system. Dr Gabrielle Appleby is Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales Law School, Australia. She researches in public and constitutional law, focussing on the accountability of the exercise of public power. She has published widely in these fields, including Australian Public Law (Oxford University Press, 2011) and The Future of Australian Federalism: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Patrick Keyzer is Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Law, Governance and Public Policy at Bond University. He writes a text, casebook and Halsbury's title on the topic of Australian constitutional law and appears regularly in Australian superior courts in constitutional cases. Professor John M. Williams is Dean of the Adelaide Law School at the University of Adelaide. His main research interest is public law and in particular Australian constitutional law, the High Court of Australia, comparative constitutional law, federalism and legal history.

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword, P.A. Keane; Preface; Introduction: Public Sentinels, Gabrielle Appleby and John M. Williams; Part I The Australian Solicitor-General: Aspects of the history of the Solicitor-General in Australia, Keith Mason; The Parliament, the Executive and the Solicitor-General, Anthony Mason; The courts, the executive and the Solicitor-General, M.G. Hinton; The role of Solicitors-General in advising the holders of vice regal offices, Michael Sexton; Attorneys-General, Solicitors-General and the ‘public interest’ in Australian constitutional cases: a case for citizen input into the development of constitutional policy, Patrick Keyzer. Part II The Solicitor-General in Context: The first modern law officer in Australia, Fiona Hanlon; The challenge of providing legal services to government, Gabrielle Appleby. Part III Comparative Perspectives: The role of Solicitor-General in contemporary New Zealand, David Collins; The law officers of the Crown and the rule of law in the United Kingdom, Klearchos A. Kyriakides; The advisory function of the Attorney General in the United States, Harold H. Bruff; Solicitors General in the United States, H.W. Perry Jr; Government lawyers and the elusive concept of public interest: a Canadian perspective, M. Deborah MacNair; Index.

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