The main aim of the Centre is to promote research in the area of public law, and to develop into a research centre of national and international reputation. Financial resources permitting, the Centre intends to do this by providing:
- a focal point for the exchange of ideas between academics, practitioners and others through a conference, seminar and lecture programme;
- administrative and research support for Faculty Members and Visiting Fellows from the Commonwealth and the United States and other jurisdictions engaged in relevant research projects;
- encouragement and development of research output by the Faculty's research students through a programme of work-in-progress seminars and research workshops by its Public Law Discussion Group;
- interaction with overseas scholars and practitioners through Visiting Fellowships;
- dissemination of research output through publication.
These aims are reflected in the events held by the Centre since its formation.
The Centre has been established under the aegis of the Faculty of Law. Ultimately the Centre is responsible to the Faculty Board of Law to which it must submit an annual report. The Centre is under the general control of a Committee of Management. An Advisory Committee has also been set up to help assist the Director and to help foster links with outside bodies.