Semester One Intensive

January | February | March | April | May

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

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

  • 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.
Fiduciary Duties and Conflicts of Interest (LAWS6321) REGISTER NOW
  • 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.
Shareholders’ Remedies (LAWS6957) REGISTER NOW
  • Examine the common problems experienced by members of various types of company.
  • Understand strategies for preventing or remedying those problems without recourse to litigation.
  • Understand the litigious remedies available to combat those problems.
  • Explore likely trends for future development of the law.
FebruaryBack to the top
Administrative Law (LAWS6011) REGISTER NOW
  • 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.
Japanese Law (LAWS6879) REGISTER NOW
  • 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.
Law of International Institutions (LAWS6977) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit will examine the principal legal issues concerning organizations composed of states.
  • These include the legal status and powers of organizations, membership and participation, norm-creation, dispute settlement, enforcement of decisions, peace and security activities, and finally the organizations' privileges and immunities as well as their legal status and powers under national law.
Workplace Bargaining (LAWS6122) REGISTER NOW
  • The unit will explore the workplace bargaining model under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) within the context of models of collective bargaining used in overseas jurisdictions and Australia’s international obligations.
MarchBack to the top
Australian International Taxation (LAWS6209) REGISTER NOW
  • The unit focuses on corporate residence, source, non-resident withholding tax, relief from international double taxation, CFCs, transferor trusts, proposed new Foreign Accumulation Fund ("FAF") regime and repealed FIF rules, transfer pricing and thin capitalisation.
Comparative International Taxation (LAWS6128) REGISTER NOW
  • The unit examines the core issues in developing international tax rules and identifies different approaches countries have taken in dealing with these issues.
Crime and Media (LAWS6327) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit critically explores the complex cultural, social and popular intersections between media and crime in the broadest sense.
  • Topics covered include news reporting of crime; media constructions of offenders and offences; moral panic and labeling; media and policing; 'reality' crime shows; surveillance and social control, crime, television and film, crime and social media.
Criminal Procedures (LAWS6035) REGISTER NOW
  • Examine the processes of the criminal justice system.
  • Consider its successive and main stages and roles of the principal participants in the system, particularly the police, suspects, accused persons, prosecutors, defence counsel, judges and experts.
  • Study topics including: processes of criminal justice in New South Wales and Australia.
Critical Issues in Public Health Law (LAWS6839) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit provides an introduction to key topics in public health law, and a foundation for further study in this field.
Environmental Law and Policy (Group A) (LAWS6044) REGISTER NOW
  • 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.
Financial Issues on Relationship Breakdown (LAWS6979) REGISTER NOW
  • The aim of the unit of study is to examine the law and practice in Australia concerning financial provision when marital or cohabiting relationships break down.
Fundamentals of Corporate Law (LAWS6810) REGISTER NOW
  • The unit focuses on the fundamental principles of law applying to public and proprietary companies.
Fundamentals of the Board and Directors' Duties (LAWS6319) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit explores the role of the board of directors in modern corporate governance and directors' duties.
Human Rights and Environmental Law (LAWS6302) REGISTER NOW
  • The unit aims to provide students with an overview of the recent development of links between environmental law and human rights at both international and national levels.
International Business Law (LAWS6059) REGISTER NOW
  • The objective of this unit is to provide students with an introduction to a number of areas of international business law and to provide an opportunity to study some of those areas in more detail.
International Financial Transactions: Law and Practice (LAWS6138) REGISTER NOW
  • Analyse the the capital markets, the loan market and the derivative markets.
International Law I (Group A) (LAWS6243) REGISTER NOW
  • Gain an introduction to public international law.
  • Acquire a thorough understanding of the core principles and problems of, and contemporary issues in international law.
Introduction to Australian Business Tax (Group A) (LAWS6825) REGISTER NOW
  • 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.
Labour Law (LAWS6071) REGISTER NOW
  • Examine the principles of labour law.
  • 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.
Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System (Group A) (LAWS6252) REGISTER NOW
  • 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
Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System (Group B) (LAWS6252) REGISTER NOW
  • 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
AprilBack to the top
Advanced Employment Law (LAWS6013) REGISTER NOW
  • The unit examines the regulation of the individual employment relationship.
  • The unit explores in closer detail the formation, construction and interpretation of employment contracts; duties of employers and employees in contract; termination of employment contracts (including as a consequence of the employer's insolvency); and rights and remedies on termination, including procedural requirements under federal unfair and unlawful dismissal laws.
Corporate Governance (LAWS6222) REGISTER NOW
  • 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.
  • Topics that may be explored includes: death in contemporary Australia, the legal definition of life and death, medical futility and the concept of 'lives not worth living', euthanasia (with and without request), physician-assisted suicide, refusing and withholding life-prolonging treatment in adults and children, the Shipman/Patel scandals, ownership of the corpse and body parts, dead donor organ transplantation, organ sale and theft, posthumous reproduction, 'mercy' killing outside medical settings and the jurisdiction of the Coroner.
Fundamentals of the Law of Trusts (LAWS6912) REGISTER NOW
  • Acquire a comprehensive introduction to, and review of, the modern law of trusts.
Goods and Services Tax Principles A (LAWS6214) REGISTER NOW
  • 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.
Health Care and Professional Liability (LAWS6054) REGISTER NOW
  • 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.
Immigration and Labour Law (LAWS6195) REGISTER NOW
  • The unit is designed to be interdisciplinary in its focus, offering insights for both candidates with particular interests in migration law and those with expertise or interests in employment law.
  • It examines the economic basis of the skilled component of Australia's immigration program, exploring the different theories and practical strategies adopted over the years in the selection of skilled migrants.
  • It also looks in some detail at the various components of the skilled migration, business skills and temporary skills transfer sub-programs.
  • The unit involves the study of the laws and policies relevant to both the employment of foreign workers in Australia and the employment of Australian workers overseas.
  • The unit covers substantive aspects of migration and labour law in Australia, as well as law and policies relevant to the settlement and on-going employment of foreign workers.
International Environmental Law (LAWS6061) REGISTER NOW
  • Acquire an overview of the development of international environmental law throughout the 20th century.
  • Examine the international law and policy responses to global and regional environmental and resource management issues.
  • Discuss basic principles prior to taking a sectoral approach in looking at the application of international environmental law in specific issue areas.
International Law II (Group A) (LAWS6167) REGISTER NOW
  • 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.
Law of the Sea (LAWS6047) REGISTER NOW
  • Review the major areas of the law of the sea as it has developed over the centuries.
Law, Justice and Development (LAWS6928) REGISTER NOW
  • Acquire a critical overview to law and justice reform in international development.
  • Analyse the global reform experience over the past half-century.
Regulation of Corporate Crime (LAWS6317) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit will examine, from a comparative (particularly United States and United Kingdom) perspective, the current debates over the regulation of corporate crime from both legal and policy perspectives.
Taxation of Business & Investment Income A (LAWS6840) REGISTER NOW
  • 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.
US International Taxation (LAWS6171) REGISTER NOW
  • 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.
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Capital Gains Tax (LAWS6169) REGISTER NOW
  • 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.
Crime, Responsibility and Policy (LAWS6325) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit will examine the general principles of criminal law and criminal responsibility, including the framework of criminal law, the influences on criminal law, the basis for criminalising conduct and the mechanisms by which the criminal law measures harm and culpability.
  • There will then be an examination of areas of criminalisation which highlight the interplay between criminal law and policy, such as the recent reforms to the law of homicide, criminalisation of sex work, and how the law responds to sexting.
Environmental Criminology: Space & Place (LAWS6893) REGISTER NOW
  • The unit examines traditions of criminological theorising, research and public intervention that focus on the socio-spatial context(s) and determinants of crime and its governance.
Environmental Impact Assessment Law (LAWS6043) REGISTER NOW
  • Provide a sound analysis of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedures in NSW and at the Commonwealth level.
  • Develop a critical understanding of EIA as a distinctive regulatory device by examining its historical, ethical and political dimensions as well as relevant aspects of legal theory.
  • Combine the doctrinal and theoretical forms of knowledge to suggest possible improvements to the current practice of EIA in Australia.
Expert Evidence Law and Class Action Procedure (LAWS6307) REGISTER NOW
  • The expert evidence component of the unit will examine the role of expert witnesses, their reports and their testimony in civil and criminal cases.
  • The class actions component of the unit examines the substantive law, legal theories and procedural devices for the litigation and resolution of large scale, complex civil litigation.
Fundamentals of Contract Law (LAWS6991) REGISTER NOW
  • 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.
Global Energy and Resources Law (LAWS6964) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit provides a framework for understanding the role of law in: the discovery, financing, development and utilisation of energy and resources projects; energy trading on wholesale markets; mining and resources projects, including competition issues and access to essential infrastructure; addressing potential sources of conflict in the energy and resources sector including in dealing with international trade, native title and other indigenous issues, environmental and corporate social responsibility issues; and current national and international energy and resources controversies.
Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues (LAWS6933) REGISTER NOW
  • Undertake a review of the world's minerals-development regimes and the contracts that international investors use to implement them.
  • Examine the fiscal arrangements that nations use to obtain exploration and development.
  • Focus on the contracts that international investors use to share risks and rewards.
International Humanitarian Law (LAWS6218) REGISTER NOW
  • Explore the origins and purposes of humanitarian law.
International Investment Law (LAWS6916) REGISTER NOW
  • Examine the 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.
  • Consider the origins and evolution of international investment law through to the recent formation of the current international legal framework for foreign investment through bilateral and regional investment treaties.
  • Examine the substantive principles contained within investment treaties and recent arbitral awards.
Introduction to Chinese Law (LAWS6857) REGISTER NOW
  • Examine the legal system of the People’s Republic of China.
  • Address Chinese legal history and tradition and the development of modern Chinese law.
  • Explore the influence of international law on the Chinese domestic legal system and China’s developing role in international law.
Law and Investment in Asia (LAWS6932) REGISTER NOW
  • Acquire a broad overview of the key legal issues commonly faced when investing and doing business in Asia.
  • Focus on the issues related to direct foreign investment by Australian or other foreign businesses in the jurisdictions dealt with in the course.
  • Examine commercial law across Asia with primary emphasis on Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, China and possibly India, including case studies.
Pollution and Contaminated Land (LAWS6065) REGISTER NOW
  • The aim of this unit is to examine the policy and legislative approaches to pollution control and the wide range of management tools employed to prevent harm and promote ecologically sustainable development
Tax Litigation (LAWS6107) REGISTER NOW
  • 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.
Tax Treaties (LAWS6177) REGISTER NOW
  • 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.
The Causation Element (LAWS6976) REGISTER NOW
  • The focus in this unit is on causation as an element in civil claims and criminal offences.
  • Consider special proof rules that are being developed to address the difficulties causation presents - loss of chance, material contribution, and presumed causation (following proof of breach).
Theories of the State (LAWS6323) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit of study examines various philosophical and sociological conceptions of the state before assessing various arguments for and against it.
Transfer Pricing in International Taxation (LAWS6123) REGISTER NOW
  • The unit examines transfer pricing law and practice in Australia in the area of international taxation.
US Corporate Law (LAWS6844) REGISTER NOW
  • Understand the structure and operation of US corporate law and corporate governance.