Administrative Law (LAWS5010)


Administrative Law is the study of the relationships of individuals and organisations with government. This unit examines the legal principles which apply to those relationships with the aim of developing an understanding of how government is held accountable. The unit builds on topics studied in Public Law, including the constitutional underpinnings of Administrative Law, the protection of human rights, judicial review and merits review, and open government. In the Administrative Law unit, the focus is on the grounds of judicial review and judicial remedies, the jurisdiction of the courts, and the public/private distinction. The unit encourages the development of critical perspectives on the grounds of judicial review, and their theoretical underpinnings, and on how the values of openness, rationality, fairness and participation are sought to be promoted through Administrative Law.

Further unit of study information


2x2hr seminars/week for 10 weeks


2000wd essay (40%) and 2hr open book final exam (60%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

LAWS5007 or LAWS1021


LAWS2002 or LAWS2010

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.