The Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies (CCCS) at the University of Melbourne is one of the Faculty of Law's specialist research centres, established in 1987. CCCS undertakes and promotes research into the constitutions and governments of Australia and other countries and provides resources and information for academics and practitioners interested in these areas. The Centre seeks to pay greater attention to the Australian Constitution and Government, as well as to other countries whose institutions are relevant to Australia.
The Centre is the current Secretariat of the Australian Constitutional Association (AACL), which promotes the development of the constitutional discipline through interaction, communication, exchange and debate. The director of the center is Professor Adrienne Stone, and the staff are faculty members from the School of Law.
The objective of the Centre for the Study of Comparative Constitutional Studies is to review and assess the Australian constitutional system and to actively participate in the debate on the Australian system of government; To review and advise on the constitutional and legal framework of relations between all levels of government in theory and practice, working to bring comparative constitutional concepts and knowledge of comparative constitutional practice into the constitutional debate in Australia. The Centre will further develop and promote a sound understanding of the constitutional systems of neighbouring countries, contribute to research on constitutional issues elsewhere in the world, based on the experience of Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, and provide public and professional resources on constitutional and comparative constitutional issues. The Centre pursues these goals through activities such as research, teaching, information exchange, resource centres, consulting and research collaborations.