Loss of Majority in Parliament

& Forming a New Government

Thursday 25 February 2021


Loss of Majority in Parliament & Forming a New Government: The Guiding Constitutional Principles & Conventions


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This webinar will deal with the applicable principles and conventions when a popularly elected government subsequently suffers a loss of majority support in Parliament. How is a new government to be formed? Does the new government enjoy legal legitimacy, particularly in a democratic system of government? Is there a need to return the mandate to the electorate to determine the choice of government? 

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Webinar Details

Date: Thursday 25 February 2021

Cost: Complimentary


  • 16:30 - 18:30 (Sydney/Canberra/Melbourne/Solomon Islands/Vanuatu)
  • 18:30 - 20:30 (Wellington/Tonga)
  • 17:30 - 19:30 (Fiji/Tuvalu)
  • 15:30 - 17:30 (PNG)
  • 14:30 - 16:30 (Tokyo/Seoul)
  • 13:30 - 15:30 (Kuala Lumpur/Beijing/Hong Kong)
  • 11:00 - 13:00 (Delhi/Colombo)

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Speaker Panel 

Mr Steven Thiru

Mr Steven Thiru
Vice President| LAWASIA
Vice President (Australiasia) | Commonwealth Lawyers Association


Mr Debra Angus

Ms Debra Angus
Barrister | Lambton Chambers


 Dr Wolfgang Babeck

Dr Wolgang Babeck
Past-Chair, International Law Section | Law Council of Australia


Dr Anna Dziedzic

Dr Anna Diedzic
Global Academy Fellow | University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law


 Mr Shyam Divan

Mr Shyam Divan
Vice President  | LAWASIA
Senior Advocate | Supreme Court of India - INDIA


Mr Saroj K Ghimire

Mr Saroj K Ghimire
Advocate | Supreme Court of Nepal
Managing Partner | Himalayan Partners


Mr John McKendrick

Mr John McKendrick
ExCo Member| Commonwealth Lawyers Association



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