Semester One Intensive 2017

January | February | March | April | May | June

Fiduciary Duties and Conflicts of Interest (LAWS6321)

  • The unit will involve both a conceptual analysis of fiduciary duties and associated remedies and a focus on the treatment of conflicts of interest in key areas of commercial activity and professional practice including partnerships and joint ventures, directors' duties, legal and auditing practice and the financial services industry.

Development, Law & Human Rights (12cp) (LAWS6974)

Offshore unit of study - Please contact the Offshore Unit of Study Coordinator for details

  • This unit exposes students to the role and limits of law in addressing acute problems of socio-economic development and human rights in developing countries, through an interactive field school conducted over two weeks in Nepal, one of the world's poorest countries.
  • Reflect upon the influence of, and resistance to, human rights and international law in developmental processes.


Japanese Law (LAWS6879)

Offshore unit of study - Please contact the Offshore Unit of Study Coordinator for details

  • Gain an introduction to Japanese law in a global context.
  • Undertake instruction from lecturers from Ritsumeikan and other leading Japanese universities, as well as from Australia, with guest lectures by prominent practitioners and a field study to a local bar association and the courts.
  • Interact with students from Japanese, Australian and other universities or institutions taking this unit, supported by the Australian Network for Japanese Law.

Work, Care and Gender (LAWS6344)

  • In this unit we examine laws that regulate work-family balance, looking at employer duties to provide ‘family-friendly’ working conditions and employee rights to have caring responsibilities accommodated in the workplace.

Law of International Institutions (LAWS6977)

  • Examine the principal legal issues concerning organisations composed of states.
  • Examine the development of the United Nations.
  • Other universal as well as regional organisations will also be dealt with. This unit aims at helping students to understand the common legal problems faced by international institutions.

Interpreting Commercial Contracts (LAWS6903)

  • This unit will critically discuss those developments, with a view to trying to establish the principles by which the courts do - and should - interpret contracts. In doing so, it will discuss the developments in Australia, England and New Zealand.
  • The unit will be structured around ten principles which, it is suggested, can help to explain the way in which the courts interpret contracts and the continuing divergences of view about the approach to interpretation.

Corporate Governance (LAWS6222)

  • Explore a range of recent trends and issues in corporate governance.
  • Examine these issues from a comparative law perspective, analysing fundamental differences in corporate governance structure and techniques in a range of jurisdictions, including the US, UK, Germany, China and Australia.

Labour Law (LAWS6071)

  • Examine the principles of labour law.
  • Designed specifically for MLLR students who do not have a law degree or for any students with a law degree who have not recently undertaken an undergraduate labour law course.
  • The goal of the unit is to equip students with the fundamental principles of labour law that they will need to undertake more advanced labour law units within the MLLR and LLM Degrees.

Personal Property Securities (LAWS6956)

  • This unit analyses the Personal Property Securities legislation, drawing attention to how it has changed the pre-existing law regulating the rights of secured creditors.
  • The unit focuses on the concepts of security, attachment and perfection. It examines the nature of security interests regulated by the legislation, together with the registration, priority and enforcement regimes. In discussing the Australian position, the unit compares similar legislation in Canada and New Zealand.

International Family Law (LAWS6304)

  • Family law disputes quite frequently involve parties who are citizens of, or have a right of abode in, other countries. It is common also for parties to have assets located in other countries.
  • These international family law cases give rise to numerous difficult issues and require specialist legal advice. In which jurisdiction should a client file and what urgency is there to secure the jurisdiction of choice?

Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System (Group A) (LAWS6252)

  • The unit has been designed to equip students with the necessary legal skills and legal knowledge to competently apply themselves in their chosen area of law

Environmental Law and Policy (Group A) (LAWS6044)

  • Acquire an introduction to overarching themes in environmental law and policy as a foundation to more detailed studies for the Environmental Law Program.
  • Develop multi-dimensional thinking about environmental issues and the strategies needed to address them.
  • Gain a broad background of the political and economic issues in so far as they are related to the legal issues involved.

Introduction to Australian Business Tax (Group A) (LAWS6825)

  • This unit introduces the basic elements of Australia's income tax (including fringe benefits tax and capital gains tax), with an emphasis on their impact on businesses, whether conducted directly or via a partnership, trust or company.

International Financial Transactions: Law and Practice (LAWS6138)

  • International financial markets are front page news. From GFC litigation to the sovereign debt crises, the hedge funds and rating agencies, there is no escape. This unit has a profoundly practical perspective, yet also addresses regulatory reform in an international context, and how it relates to the markets.
  • This unit of study is taught by an International Expert as part of the Sydney Law School’s exclusive visitors’ program.

International Investment Law (LAWS6916)

  • This unit introduces students to the international regulation of foreign investment. It examines core principles of international investment law, regional and bilateral investment treaties, the settlement of investment disputes, and the international economic and political context in which the law has developed.

Hate Crime (LAWS6862)

  • Hate crime has emerged as a global problem in the last few decades. Yet the concept itself is controversial.
  • This unit aims to trace the development of the socio-legal concept of hate crime, causal explanations for hate crime and the different ways in which it is regulated.
  • The unit will examine some the major forms of hate crime, including racist, ethno-religious and homophobic violence, with a focus on contemporary debates, such as: is violence against women a form of hate crime; should paedophiles be a protected category; should hate crimes attract higher punishment than other crimes?

International Humanitarian Law (LAWS6218)

  • How to limit and regulate violence in times of war or armed conflict is one of the most pressing challenges for international law. This unit introduces you to the principles and practices of international humanitarian law (‘IHL’), also known as the laws of war or the law of armed conflict, including treaty law and customary international humanitarian law.

Law and Investment in Asia (LAWS6932)

  • The aim of this unit is to provide students with a broad overview of the key legal issues commonly faced when investing and doing business in Asia.

Administrative Law (LAWS6011)

  • Develop a critical perspective upon the accountability of government decision-makers.
  • Examine theoretical frameworks for analysis of a range of issues concerning accountability, with reference to relevant principles of administrative law.
  • Analyse the separation of powers and the doctrine of ministerial responsibility, merits review tribunals, investigative tribunals and tribunal procedure.
  • Examines theories of participatory democracy, with reference to relevant legal principles drawn from procedural fairness, rules of standing and consultation requirements in rule making.
  • Examines theories of open government, with reference to statutory duties to give reasons for decisions and freedom of information legislation.
  • Examines the proper scope of administrative law by discussion of the issue of its extension to government business enterprises which are corporatised, privatised or contracted out.

Goods and Services Tax Principles A (LAWS6214)

  • This unit introduces the key concepts that underpin the Australian GST, the policies underlying the tax, and the way those policies are (or are not) reflected in the design of the GST law.
  • The aim is to give participants a working knowledge of the operation of the GST law and an awareness of the practical problems encountered in practice, informed by an understanding of the way in which the law is intended to operate.

Criminal Law and Markets (LAWS6348)

  • This unit will be an investigation of the relationship between the criminal law and the market and will seek to investigate the question of how criminal law has understood and regulated markets in the modern period.
  • This unit of study is taught by an International Expert as part of the Sydney Law School’s exclusive visitors’ program.

International Law I (Group A) (LAWS6243)

  • Gain an introduction to public international law.
  • Acquire a thorough understanding of the core principles and problems of, and contemporary issues in international law.

Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System (Group B) (LAWS6252)

  • The unit has been designed to equip students with the necessary legal skills and legal knowledge to competently apply themselves in their chosen area of law

Taxation of Business & Investment Income A (LAWS6840)

  • This unit, along with LAWS6841 Taxation of Business and Investment Income B, is designed to provide an advanced study of the tax treatment of various important business transactions.
  • It provides a detailed examination of the income tax and capital gains treatment of selected complex commercial transactions and their impact on the tax base.
  • The goal of the unit is to develop an understanding of the policies, detailed rules and current practical problems involved in this area of taxation, through the analysis of a number of specific problems discussed in each seminar. Because of continual change to the taxation system, recent legislative amendments and judicial decisions will be examined in detail where applicable.

Fundamentals of Corporate Law (LAWS6810)

  • This unit is designed for those wishing to pursue postgraduate study involving aspects of corporate law, but who lack previous exposure to the subject. As our postgraduate units in corporate law (other than this unit and LAWS6319 Fundamentals of the Board and Directors' Duties) are specialised and taught at an advanced level, those wishing to enrol in such units but who have not recently studied corporate law in Australia or who have no prior legal education should undertake this unit.

Biodiversity Law (LAWS6165)

This unit will consider:

  • the international legal regime related to the protection of biodiversity;
  • how international instruments are incorporated into (or otherwise affect) Australia’s regime;
  • and the operation of Australia’s regime at both national and state levels (the latter, particularly in NSW) – and will include consideration of various threats to biodiversity, different protection options (in situ and ex situ), and how biodiversity-related considerations affect and are affected by other Environmental Law fields.

Tax Litigation (LAWS6107)

  • Thousands of tax disputes arise each year in Australia. This unit aims to equip students with the skills to assist in resolving those disputes, both disputes which go before a court or tribunal and those which are resolved earlier.

Law, Justice and Development (LAWS6928)

  • Acquire a critical overview to law and justice reform in international development.
  • Analyse the global reform experience over the past half-century.

Principles of Financial Regulation (LAWS6345)

  • Topics covered in this unit: The financial system; Goals and challenges of financial regulation; Consumer finance; Market regulation; Bank capital and liquidity regulation; Bank governance and resolution; Shadow banking and Macro-prudential and international coordination.
  • Students who complete this unit successfully will have an overview of the economic principles underpinning financial regulation, to be able to understand and critically evaluate the principal substantive aspects of financial regulation in the US and EU, as well as their international coordination.
  • This unit of study is taught by an International Expert as part of the Sydney Law School’s exclusive visitors’ program.

Crime and Media (LAWS6327)

  • This unit critically explores the complex cultural, social and popular intersections between media and crime in the broadest sense.

Comparative Corporate Taxation (LAWS6153)

  • This unit seeks to develop an ability to understand and analyze any corporate tax system and assess its impact on corporate decision making. With a dedicated textbook (written by the presenter), it does this by comparing a number of influential and archetypal corporate tax systems (both common law and civil law) and assessing their behaviour in the context of a number of practical problems.
  • This unit of study is taught by an International Expert as part of the Sydney Law School’s exclusive visitors’ program.

Gender Inequality and Development (LAWS6334)

  • The unit is set up around a series of major policy questions central to the gender equality agenda, and linked to the post 2015 international development debates.
  • Following an overview session about global and regional patterns, the unit will tackle a series of major policy challenges in turn, concluding with an examination of major global proposals.
  • This unit of study is taught by an International Expert as part of the Sydney Law School’s exclusive visitors’ program.

US Corporate Law (LAWS6844)

  • Understand the structure and operation of US corporate law and corporate governance.
  • Examine the common law, statutory provisions; and to explore the tension between state and federal law, including recent regulatory developments under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Act 2010.

Death Law (LAWS6889)

  • Examine the new and urgent challenges for legal understandings about the timing of, and criminal responsibility for causing, death both within and outside medical settings.
  • Interrogate these and other contemporary challenges for the law relating to death and dying both within Australia and, where appropriate, other selected comparator jurisdictions (US, UK and Canada).
  • Examine socio-historical understandings of the changing meaning of death, dying and serious disability in Western societies, and reflect on the broader legal implications of these developments.

Health Care and Professional Liability (LAWS6054)

  • Explore the role of law as a means to regulate/set limits on the conduct of health professionals and examine debates about the proper role of law in regulating the provision of health care.
  • Provide a foundation for further study in health law by examining laws that govern the liability of health professionals across a range of fields (criminal law, torts, contract, and discrimination law) and mechanisms for the oversight and disciplining of health professionals.
  • Critically evaluate law reform initiatives (where relevant) with respect to legal liability, complaints mechanisms and disciplinary action against health professionals.

International Environmental Law (LAWS6061)

  • This unit aims to provide an introduction to the framework, concepts, sources and techniques of international environmental law, and to provide an overview of international law responses to current and emerging environmental challenges.

International Law II (Group A) (LAWS6167)

  • Examine how international law is created, implemented and enforced by national legal systems and through international organisations.
  • Examine the different ways in which law's transboundary impacts can be understood by considering international, transnational, global and comparative perspectives on law-making.
  • Explore the relationship between international law and domestic law in depth, both in a comparative perspective and with particular reference to the impact of international law on Australian law and legal institutions.

Environmental Criminology: Space & Place (LAWS6893)

  • Examine traditions of criminological theorising, research and public intervention that focus on the socio-spatial context(s) and determinants of crime and its governance.
  • Explore the principal sources of data collection, the methodologies and theoretical underpinnings concerned with the spatial and social ecological dispersion of crime and deviance and its techniques of management and control.
  • Investigate the relationship of public safety and crime prevention to public policy/interventions in areas such as urban and regional planning, housing, local government and community services.

Capital Gains Tax (LAWS6169)

  • This unit examines the basic structure and core concepts of the CGT, and the specialist provisions that apply in a range of commercial and non-commercial contexts, such as the formation and sale of a business, conveyancing and property development, commercial and family litigation, and the settlement and administration of trusts.

US International Taxation (LAWS6171)

  • The object of this unit is to provide an overview of the income tax system of the US with a focus on the most important legislative and treaty rules of the US in the international income tax area, especially in dealings with Australia.
  • This unit of study is taught by an International Expert as part of the Sydney Law School’s exclusive visitors’ program.

Transfer Pricing in International Taxation (LAWS6123)

  • The unit examines transfer pricing law and practice in Australia and globally. Transfer pricing continues to be rated by tax directors as the number one international tax issue they face. The release of the revised OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and Tax Administrations in 2010 and the ongoing projects, the rewrite of the Australian transfer pricing legislation, and the substantial transfer pricing rulings program of the Australian Taxation Office, have together significantly increased the international and Australian materials available on the law and practice in transfer pricing.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the policy, and detailed application of transfer pricing rules within Australia and an understanding of the international framework.

Anti-Terrorism Law (LAWS6856)

  • Acquire an introduction to the diverse range of anti-terrorism laws and policies which have developed at the international, regional and domestic levels, and which proliferated after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.

Fundamentals of Contract Law (LAWS6991)

  • Learn how contracts operate as risk management tools by examining the legal principles arising in the formation, construction and discharge of contracts.
  • Gain an understanding of remedies available for breach of contract and factors that may vitiate a contract.
  • The unit prepares students for a range of units across postgraduate programs in commercial law, corporate, securities and finance law and international business law where a basic understanding of contractual law principles is valuable.

Corporate Taxation (LAWS6030)

  • The unit consists of a detailed examination of the tax rules applied to companies and shareholders in a domestic setting in Australia.
  • The goals of the unit are to develop an understanding of the policies, detailed rules and current practical problems involved in the taxation of companies and shareholders and to explore why different solutions are used for these entities when compared to partnerships and trusts.

Mergers and Acquisitions in Asia (LAWS6352)

  • The unit will begin with an evaluation of the business rationale for Mergers and Acquisitions (MA) and a discussion of the various types of transactions and related terminology. After a brief discussion of the evolution of the regulation of MA in the Western context, it will delve into various forms of MA in leading Asian jurisdictions, and the manner in which they are regulated.

Theories of Law (LAWS6940)

  • Explore some prominent responses of both philosophers and sociologists to a single question: what is law?

Tax Treaties (LAWS6177)

  • This unit is designed to study the policy, detailed rules and practical application of Australia's international tax treaties against the background of the OECD Model Tax Convention on Income and on Capital.