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George Williams AO is Dean of Law at the University of New South Wales.
He has written and edited 35 books, including Australian Constitutional Law and Theory and The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia. His latest book is A Charter of Rights for Australia, published by UNSW Press.
George also works as a barrister, and has appeared in the High Court in many cases over the past two decades, including on freedom of speech and the press, freedom from racial discrimination and the rule of law.
He has been appointed to a range of public inquiries. As chair of the Victorian Human Rights Consultation Committee in 2005 he helped bring about Australia’s first State bill of rights, the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. In 2007 he chaired a NSW Government inquiry into Options for a New National Industrial Relations System that produced the historic referral of State industrial power over the private sector to the Commonwealth. He has also served on a High Level Advisory Group on Federal-State Relations, was a member of the NSW Government’s Panel to Examine Recall Elections and assisted the Northern Territory in its bid to become Australia’s seventh State.
George is a well-known commentator on legal issues, and has been a columnist for The Australian and the Canberra Times and an on-air analyst for ABC Television. He is currently a columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and reviews science fiction and fantasy books for The Weekend Australian and Books and Arts Daily on ABC Radio National.