Semester Two 2017 – Semester Length Units

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday

Monday evenings

International Law I (Group B) (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.

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Tuesday evenings

Compliance: Theory & Practice in the Financial Services Industry (LAWS6264)

  • Examine in detail the legal and regulatory requirements relevant to the financial services industry, and how the risk of breaching those requirements can be managed by compliance systems.
  • Focus not only on legal theory but also on the practical day to day business issues involved with compliance.

Criminal Liability (LAWS6034)

  • Examine the ways in which criminal liability is established, and the central factors governing liability.
  • Analyse the general principles of criminal law, constituent elements of particular offences and the definition of a range of defences from historical, theoretical and practical context perspectives, with a special focus on male violence.
  • Gain an appreciation of the tensions and perceived prejudices inherent in the criminal law and the criminal justice system.

Precedent, Interpretation and Probability (LAWS6836)

  • The course will examine a number of contemporary debates regarding the nature of legal reasoning
  • The unit will examine the status of the modern doctrine of precedent and the current state of the Hart/Dworkin/Fish debate in regard to the nature of precedential reasoning.
  • The unit will examine contemporary semantic theory and philosophy of language, and the contribution those fields can make to a proper understanding of the interpretation of legal texts.
  • The unit will also examine the relationship between legal reasoning and moral reasoning and the new legal positivism of writers such as Goldsworthy and Shapiro.

Tax Treaties Special Issues (LAWS6946)

  • This unit of study considers a number of specialised topics in the area of tax treaties, largely reflecting the work of the OECD and United Nations on tax treaties currently and in the last decade.

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Wednesday evenings

Forensic Psychology (LAWS6970)

  • Examine the application of psychological knowledge and theories to all aspects of the criminal and civil justice systems.
  • Draw upon psychological evidence to explain and understand some of the people and processes involved in the legal system.

International Law II (Group B) (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.

Taxation of Business & Investment Income B (LAWS6841)

  • First class commences 26 July
  • The goal of this 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 that will be discussed in the seminars. Because of continual change to the taxation system, recent legislative amendments and judicial decisions will be examined in detail where applicable.

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Thursday evenings

Taxation of Offshore Operations (LAWS6129)

  • This unit examines Australia’s rules for taxing the income earned from offshore operations.
  • The unit examines the taxation of conducting business and holding investments offshore through foreign branches, companies, trusts, partnerships, and hybrid entities.
  • It also examines the repatriation of profits from these entities, the treatment of the cost of financing these operations and the consequences of offshore reorganisations and relocations.
  • The unit examines in detail Australia’s CFC rules, transferor trust regime, the FITO regime, thin capitalisation rules and foreign hybrid rules.