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New for 2014

Law of Agency

Sydney Law School is pleased to welcome Professor Francis Reynolds and Professor Peter Watts, foremost authorities on the law of agency, to teach in the postgraduate program for 2014.

Applications of the law of agency are pervasive throughout the law: they are not confined to professional agents, nor to commercial law.

Law of Agency will analyse the general principles by which one identifies an "agent" and the consequences of that position, and will then deal with specific agency doctrines of apparent authority, ratification, warranty of authority and the position of the undisclosed principal.

It will also take in agency applications of fiduciary doctrine, applications of agency doctrine in tort and property situations, and issues surrounding notice to an agent.

Comparisons will be made with the American Restatement, Third Agency and certain European formulations such as the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts (2004).

Francis Reynolds QC is Emeritus Professor of Law at Worcester College, University of Oxford.

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Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Practice

Commencing 4 August 2014, this intensive course examines the social responsibilities of corporations.

Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Policy adopts a comparative and interdisciplinary approach, drawing on material from jurisdictions including the U.S. and Canada, as well as on methodologies and insights from law and economics and other schools of thought.

Topics covered include:

  • Conceptions of the corporation

  • The responsibility of corporate entities under the criminal law

  • Corporate participation in the political process

  • Corporate governance and democratic principles and corporate responsibility in respect of international human rights violations.

Associate Professor Ian Lee from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, will teach the unit.

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White Collar and Corporate Crime

This new second semester intensive examines the research and critical debate on white collar and corporate crime.

While Collar and Corporate Crime will introduce students to the historical and conceptual controversies on the status of white collar and corporate crime as objects of criminological knowledge.

Different traditions of research and theorising in the area will then be examined, along with their implications for legal regulation and punishment.

The unit of study will be taught by Professor Russell Hogg, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology.

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Law of Not-For-Profits

Examine Australia’s legal regime regarding the regulation and governance of
not-for-profit (“NFP”) entities in this second semester unit of study.

Commencing Monday, 28 July, Law of Not-For-Profits provides an opportunity to study not only the law as it is and as it is going to be, but also relevant historical, policy, theoretical, and international issues as well.

The unit will be taught by Mr Micah Burch and run in a seminar style, delivered at Sydney Law School's St James Campus in Sydney's Central Business District (CBD).

Micah Burch is a Senior Lecturer specialising in tax law.

He joined the law faculty from New York University School of Law in 2010.

A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Micah previously practiced tax law at a large international firm and helped launch an independent book publishing house.

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Units of study

At Sydney Law School, each postgraduate coursework unit of study in law comprises 24 to 26 weekly contact hours.

There are two methods of delivery: semester length and intensive.

A semester-length unit is taught once a week on a weekday evening for two hours over 13 weeks.

In comparison, intensive units are taught over four or five days, permitting a flexible and convenient method of coursework study for busy professionals.

An intensive unit may be taught in block mode (four or five days straight) or consecutive mode (over a consecutive period such as two days in one week and two days in a fortnight).

With up to 150 units of study taught each year, there is a comprehensive range for you to choose from.

Semester One (semester length units)

Units of study running from January to June

Semester One (intensive units)

Short units of study running throughout the year between January and June

Semester two (semester length units)

Units of study running from July to November

Semester Two (intensive units)

Short units of study running throughout the year between July and November