The Centre for Independent Studies' work in law has examined constitutional issues, property rights, and the undermining of civil liberties.

We believe that the rule of law is one of the foundation stones of a free and prosperous society.


  1. Preserving Peace as China Rises II: Preparing for a Post-American Asian Order

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 01 Sep 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis

    With US leadership unable to guarantee peace and security in the Indo-Pacific this century, the region will need to transition... Read More...

  2. The Forgotten Freedom: Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia

    Peter Kurti | 01 Jul 2014 | Policy Monographs

    When religious followers try to express their beliefs about topics such as same-sex marriage, they are frequently met with... Read More...

  3. Catholic Resistance to German State Persecution: Lessons for Modern Australia

    Dyson Heydon, Peter Kurti, Robert Forsyth | 30 May 2014 | Occasional Papers

    Anti-Catholic sectarianism is on the rise in Australian society even though Australian Catholicism has made an extraordinary... Read More...

  4. Preserving Peace as China Rises I

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 13 Mar 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis

    Inventive foreign policy that can simultaneously reassure the Indo-Pacific’s established powers and accommodate Chinese... Read More...

  5. Multiculturalism and the Fetish of Diversity

    Peter Kurti | 10 Dec 2013 | Policy Monographs

    Multiculturalism began as a response to the White Australia policy and continues to enjoy public support. But a new, ‘hard’... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. $haria Law

    Peter Kurti | 15 Nov 2013 | Quadrant Online

    If sukuk bonds go mainstream, as is poised to happen in Britain with David Cameron's blessing, the way will be open for the ... Read More

  2. Our right to silence is too important to lose

    Suri Ratnapala | 01 Oct 2012 | The Conversation

    The move to dilute the right to silence in NSW is unjust, constitutionally questionable and unnecessary.... Read More

  3. Liberals Drop Ball in Super Free-For-All

    Adam Creighton | 14 Nov 2011 | Australian Financial Review

    Lifting superannuation to 12% is wrong.... Read More

  4. Does gay marriage prove marriage matters?

    Peter Kurti | 29 Sep 2011 | Online Opinion

    Gay couples dragging marriage back into vogue.... Read More

  5. Brits recoil from teaching respect for authority at home or school

    Peter Saunders | 15 Aug 2011 | The Australian

    Following last week's riots in Britain, politicians and commentators have similarly been asking the wrong question. What ... Read More

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  1. Sea Shepherd defeat highlights pointless regulator

    Helen Andrews | 15 Nov 2013

    The Coalition should press ahead with plans to abolish the charities commission, given the High Court’s decision to not ...

  2. Workplace rights taken to the extreme

    Alexander Philipatos | 19 Jul 2013

    Mel Greig’s case against Southern Cross Austereo could open the flood-gates of litigation and make a mockery of workplace ...

  3. Why I work for a classical liberal think tank

    Meegan Cornforth | 10 May 2013

    At the core of classical liberalism is the unwavering belief that the best chance humanity has to prosper is when people ...

  4. Too scared

    Peter Saunders | 19 Oct 2012

    Big state bureaucracies find it difficult coping with individual initiative or making room for common sense....

  5. The right to drink

    Sara Hudson | 12 Oct 2012

    Not everyone behaves responsibly when consuming alcohol, and some restrictions on alcohol are arguably necessary for a civil ...

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