Theories of Law (LAWS6940)


This unit seeks to facilitate critical reflection on prominent responses of theorists to a single question: what is law? Among the notions to which their answers refer (and on which the unit focuses) are the following: power, norms, rules, principles, convention, morality, adjudication and interpretation.

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Further unit of study information


Jun 2, 3 & 9, 10 (9-5)


class participation (20%) and 8000wd essay (80%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


LAWS5169 or LAWS3469

Study this unit outside a degree

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