Faculty of Law

Lifting the Veil: The Role and Ethics of the Government Lawyer


Dr Gabrielle Appleby, assoc prof at UNSW to discuss the role of government lawyers in Australia.

Start Date

17th Nov 2016 1:00pm

End Date

17th Nov 2016 2:00pm


Faculty of Law Staff Room

RSVP / Contact Information

Please RSVP for catering purposes to law.secretary@utas.edu.au by the 15th November 2016.

If you look behind the veil of government you will find an impressive team of hardworking lawyers. And yet the role of government lawyers in Australia is under-theorised and under-studied. This paper considers the unique ethical challenges of the government lawyer in the distinct but interrelated roles of advocate and adviser. It will also draw from over 45 government and judicial officials to consider the ethical practice of government lawyers.

Dr Gabrielle Appleby is an Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales. She is the Co-director of The Judiciary Project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. Gabrielle researches the constitutional integrity of the exercise of government power and government lawyers. Her most recent book, The Role of the Solicitor-General: Negotiating Law, Politics and the Public Interest, was published by Hart Publishing in June 2016.