George Williams is the Anthony Mason Professor of law and Foundation Director of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at the University of New South Wales. He is based in Canberra as a visiting fellow at the Australian National University College of Law and has previously worked at the Australian National University, Blake Dawson Waldron and as Associate to Justice McHugh of the High Court, and has held visiting positions in Toronto, New York and London.
He has written and edited 22 books, including A Charter of Rights for Australia, What Price Security?Taking Stock of Australia’s Anti-Terror Laws, Australian Constitutional Law and Theory and The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia. George practises as a barrister and has appeared in the High Court of Australia in a number of cases and in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of Fiji. In 2007 he chaired a NSW Government inquiry into Options for a New National Industrial Relations System and was a member of the High Level Advisory Group on Federal-State Relations to Kevin Rudd and Bob McMullan. In 2005 he chaired Victorian Human Rights Consultation Committee that lead to the enactment of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.