Australian Constitutional Law: Principles in Movement

Jonathan Crowe

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An accessible introduction to the fundamental principles of Australian constitutional law.

Australian Constitutional Law introduces the core areas of Australian constitutional law in a logical and intuitive way. It follows a thematic and historical approach, utilising the idea of constitutional movement to enable you to see where and how the law was formed, how the law has reached its current state and where it might go in the future.

Concise yet comprehensive, this is an accessible and engaging text. It features a unique pedagogical approach to support your learning and place the law in the context of constitutional values and historical trends.


The principles of constitutional law are explained within the context of constitutional values and history, providing a scaffolded approach to learning.
A deeper understanding of the topic is encouraged through the innovative narrative theme of constitutional movement.
Cases embedded throughout the text provide examples of how to apply the theory in practice, making difficult concepts easier to understand.

1. Constitutional Law in Movement

2. Representative Government

3. Interpreting Legislative Powers

4. Economic Powers of the Commonwealth

5. International Powers of the Commonwealth

6. Executive Power and Responsible Government

7. Federalism and Governance

8. Judicial Power of the Commonwealth

9. Judicial Power in the States

10. Express Constitutional Rights

11. Implied Constitutional Rights

12. Constitutional Change
Original languageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages313
ISBN (Electronic) 9780190311421
ISBN (Print)9780190311414
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022


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