Semester Two intensive

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Advanced Obligations and Remedies (Maximum places available: 20) (LAWS6947) CONTACT OFFSHORE

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

  • Explore a number of contentious issues arising in the law of civil obligations and remedies.
  • Revise and build on the fundamentals in the areas of torts, contracts and equity and place particular emphasis on the interaction of these three fields of the law.
Executive Employment (LAWS6818) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit of study examines the obligations of employer corporations and executives arising under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth); contract law and equitable principles governing the creation, interpretation and termination of executive service contracts; and the relevance of trade practices and other special legislation (including Work Health and Safety) to executive recruitment and termination.
Global Health Law (LAWS6920) REGISTER NOW
  • Examine how the determinants of health (e.g. pathogens, air, water, goods, and lifestyle choices) are increasingly international in origin, expanding the need for health governance structures that transcend traditional and increasingly inadequate national approaches.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of global health law through careful examination of the major contemporary problems in global health, the principal international legal instruments governing global health, the principal international organisations, and innovative solutions for global health governance in the 21st Century.
Indigenous Peoples and Criminal Justice (LAWS6985) REGISTER NOW
  • Focus on how the criminal law and its institutions are inextricably connected to the process of colonisation.
  • Review the place of contemporary criminal justice in NSW and other States against the background of colonisation and introduced law.
  • Compare other settler states including the US and Canada and New Zealand.
  • Examine the importance of understanding history in order to provide a context for viewing the current relationship between indigenous Australians and non-indigenous Australians involved in the criminal justice process (including police, lawyers and the judiciary).
  • Analyse reasons for the over-representation of indigenous Australians in all stages of the criminal justice process.
Insolvency Law (LAWS6159) REGISTER NOW
  • The unit provides an introduction to the mainly statutory law regulating bankrupt individuals and insolvent companies to be found in the Bankruptcy Act 1966 and Corporations Act 2001.
International Payments Law (LAWS6322) REGISTER NOW
  • The unit will address legal issues arising in connection with international payments of various types.
  • Against the background of the law that governs foreign currency obligations and the international banking network, the unit will cover payments in international trade, commercial and financial transactions, as well as in consumer transactions.
Introduction to Australian Business Tax (Group B) (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.
Judicial Review - Principles, Policy and Procedure (LAWS6068) REGISTER NOW
  • Experience a specialised and thematic account of judicial review as one means for making the executive branch of government accountable.
  • Develop an understanding of trends reflected in principles relating to justiciability, standing to seek review, excess of power and abuse of power, and procedural fairness.
  • Undertake a critical evaluation of the policy choices which account for development of common law principles.
Law of Asset Protection (LAWS6953) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit examines the legal aspects of asset protection, from both Australian and international perspectives. It provides a sound understanding of the legal techniques and principles of asset protection. The complex interaction between company law, the law of trusts and property, tax and estate planning laws, bankruptcy and insolvency laws is analysed.
  • The unit focuses on the laws of a select number of offshore jurisdictions, as well as international trust law. It examines the legal impediments and ethics of asset protection. Anti-money laundering rules and the civil and criminal liabilities of trustees and professional advisers are also covered.
Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon (LAWS6324) CONTACT OFFSHORE

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

  • The objectives of this unit are to assess, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the provisions in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+). REDD+ acknowledges the substantial contribution that tropical rainforest countries can make to global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Legal Pluralism in Southeast Asia (LAWS6149) CONTACT OFFSHORE

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

  • This unit introduces students to the legal systems of Southeast Asia, focusing on Indonesia and Malaysia.
Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System (Group C) (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.
Philosophy of Law (LAWS6308) CONTACT OFFSHORE

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

  • The main objective of this unit is to provide a critical understanding of the fundamental principles of legal theory and philosophy of law.
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Asian Corporate Governance (LAWS6329) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit will compare corporate finance and governance of listed companies in China and Taiwan from legal and policy perspectives.
  • In the market economy of Taiwan most listed companies are family-owned, while in China state-owned enterprises still dominate. This unit will examine how companies in these two jurisdictions are directed and compare their different regulatory strategies.
  • This unit provides a basic understanding of corporate governance and help students familiarize themselves with the ground rules of doing business in China and Taiwan. It is therefore recommended for students who plan to develop a specialty in this area.
Chinese International Taxation (LAWS6091) REGISTER NOW
  • The object of this unit is to provide an overview of the income tax system of China and a detailed analysis of the most important legislative and treaty rules of China in the area of international income tax, especially in dealings with Australia.
Comparative Corporate Taxation (LAWS6153) REGISTER NOW
  • 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.
Comparative Value Added Tax (LAWS6814) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit provides an introduction to the design and operation of consumption type value-added taxes (known commonly as either VAT or GST).
  • The unit will consider the major foundational principles of VAT and the different ways in which they can be given effect in different jurisdictions, taking examples from the VAT Directive of the European Union, the GST laws of New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, and a range of African and other jurisdictions and/or model VATs.
Contract Management (LAWS6328) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit builds on the foundational unit LAWS6991 Fundamentals of Contract Law.
  • Provides students with a detailed treatment of aspects of contract construction; the nature and effect of particular types of contractual terms; equitable and common law remedies; statutory measures having an impact on contracts and contract law (eg statutory unconscionability; misleading or deceptive conduct).
Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Policy (LAWS6140) REGISTER NOW
  • Examine a selection of theoretical and policy issues broadly related to the social responsibilities of corporations.
  • The unit will adopt 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.
Criminal Justice: Developments in Prevention & Control (LAWS6193) REGISTER NOW
  • Examine responses to crime and crime prevention with reference to shifting notions of crime and responsibility for crime.
  • Gain a critical appreciation of the limitations of criminal justice system responses to crime.
  • Develop a broader approach to crime prevention policy which responds to economic, social and cultural issues.
  • Examines different ways of thinking about criminal justice, such as a means of order maintenance, dispute resolution, or risk management, and the shifting focus towards the prevention of future harms
Discretion in Criminal Justice (LAWS6066) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit looks at the ways in which the exercise of discretionary judgment arises for consideration in the course of the criminal justice process and the ways in which that judgment should be exercised at each step.
  • Explore nuances in the conduct of any criminal prosecution aside from the application of the letter of the law.
Discrimination in the Workplace (LAWS6039) REGISTER NOW
  • Examine the nature of discrimination in the workplace and the legal response to it in Australia.
  • Consider theoretical perspectives on equality that underpin our legislation and ideas about effective regulation.
Doing Business in Emerging Markets (LAWS6945) REGISTER NOW
  • Examines common commercial, tax and regulatory issues that arise from doing business in emerging market economies
  • Examines issues associated with investing into and doing business with former Soviet Union countries, and the famous Yukos case will be considered.
Energy and Climate Law (LAWS6163) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit adopts an inter-disciplinary and integrative approach to understanding the dynamics of one of the most pressing global environmental concerns ecologically sustainable energy use.
  • Working loosely within the framework of the Climate Change Convention, the unit relies on the perspectives of scientists, lawyers and economists to develop an integrated approach to sustainable energy use.
  • The unit identifies current patterns of energy use in Australia and examines Australia's response to the Climate Change Convention. It also analyses the strengths and weaknesses of various political, legal and economic mechanisms for influencing the choice of energy use.
Environmental Law and Policy (Group B) (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.
Fundamentals of Finance Law (LAWS6955) REGISTER NOW
  • Identify and analyse key legal concepts that impact on the operation of financial markets.
Information Rights in Health Care (LAWS6058) REGISTER NOW
  • Examine the rights to information in the modern health care system.
  • Focus on consent to treatment and include discussion of: capacity, the duty of health professionals to disclose the risks of treatment, refusal of treatment and emergency health care.
  • Examine duties of confidentiality in health care, ownership of and access to medical records, and information rights in medical research.
International Human Rights (LAWS6161) REGISTER NOW
  • Examine the principles and practice of international human rights law.
  • Acquire an introduction to the key concepts, debates, documents and institutions, while encouraging critical examination of these from a variety of angles.
  • Determine how to regard a situation or predicament as one involving a breach of international human rights law.
  • Formulate written and oral arguments by reference to key international human rights law instruments and principles.
  • Give strategic advice as to available avenues of recourse in international human rights law
  • Advance an informed critique of particular dimensions of international human rights law scholarship and practice, by reference to contemporary literature in this field.
Mental Illness: Law and Policy (LAWS6877) REGISTER NOW
  • Examine the law relating to mental health issues in Australia including human rights principles.
  • Investigate the background material on the nature and incidence of mental illness, psychiatric and medical issues; consider criminological and public policy literature where relevant.
  • Explore substantive issues from civil treatment, welfare law and criminal law
Policing: Crime, Control and Security (LAWS6197) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit critically examines the power relations that are policing (public and private). It recognizes and builds upon the essential and often problematic role of policing in crime control and security.
  • Major aspects of police work and the discretion on which it depends, are analysed in order to understand the dynamics of social control in an age of risk and security.
Taxation of Corporate Groups (LAWS6244) REGISTER NOW
  • The object of this unit is to examine the policy and practical issues that arise in the tax consolidation regime in Australia.
Trade Regulation, Health and the Environment (LAWS6306) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit will examine the intersection of trade, health and environmental protection.
  • The unit will examine the extent to which the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) constrains the ability of governments to pursue social objectives such as protection of human health and the environment, as well as economic development more broadly.
World Trade Organization – Dispute Resolution (LAWS6924) REGISTER NOW
  • The aims of this unit are to gain an understanding of the: fundamental principles of WTO law, including `favoured nation', tariff bindings and customs duties, subsidies and non-tariff barriers to trade; dispute resolution system and the findings of the panels and Appellate Body; evolving jurisprudence of the WTO on Article XX and environmental and health measures, labour law and human rights.
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Anti-Terrorism Law (LAWS6856) REGISTER NOW
  • 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.
Climate Disaster Law (LAWS6320) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit of study adopts a climate justice approach to assess the respective roles and responsibilities of government and insurers to avoid, prepare for, respond to, recover from, and compensate for, the risks of climate disasters.
  • The unit will also assess the viability of tort law and strict liability regimes for hazardous activities to compensate those who are impacted by climate disasters.
Corporate Innovation and Regulation (LAWS6318) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit will cover the recent and dramatic changes in the operation and regulation of multinational corporations. Both private and regulatory innovations have made corporations simultaneously more efficient and potentially more dangerous.
Economics of Tax Policy (LAWS6984) REGISTER NOW
  • Gain an understanding of the modern economics approach to the analysis of tax policy.
  • Examine the role of taxation within the framework of welfare economics and the social and economic effects of reforms drawing on available empirical evidence.
  • Pay particular attention to the evaluation of current policies and proposed reforms in terms of distributional outcomes and efficiency costs due to disincentive effects on labour supply, saving and investment.
Environmental Planning Law (LAWS6045) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit examines the legal and institutional structures for land-use regulation and the resolution of land-use conflicts.
  • The focus is on environmental planning, development control and environmental impact assessment.
  • The unit will examine the design of environmental planning systems, the various types of development assessment systems, the opportunities for public involvement in decision-making processes, and the role of courts and tribunals in resolving land-use disputes.
Government Regulation, Health Policy & Ethics (LAWS6052) REGISTER NOW
  • Examine government regulation of health care, drugs, resource allocation, medical research and professional practice.
  • With regard to each area of government decision-making, analyse issues by reference to the interplay between social goals, human rights, legal rights and ethical considerations.
Heritage Law (LAWS6055) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit focuses on the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, including intangible heritage, underwater heritage, movable heritage and Australian Aboriginal heritage. International, national, state and local regimes for heritage conservation are examined and considered in the context of broader environmental decision making.
Insurance Contract Law (LAWS6882) REGISTER NOW
  • Identify and analyse the key legal concepts that govern the relationship between insurers and policyholders
Labour Law in the Global Economy (LAWS6816) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit will explore the extent to which the new global economy (global integration of production and increased migration, digital and informational technologies, transformations in work and production processes, and the shift to services) has undermined norms of employment, forms of workers organization, the traditional structure of the firm, assumptions about who workers are and what they need, and ideas about how regulation works - norms, assumptions, and ideas that have been the foundation upon which national regimes of labour regulation have been built.
Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System (Group D) (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.
Personal Property Securities (LAWS6956) REGISTER NOW
  • 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.
Public Policy (LAWS6257) REGISTER NOW
  • Gain an understanding of the role of government policy within the analytical framework of welfare economics.
  • Examine the conditions that justify government intervention; determine whether policies can be designed to support basic principles of social justice and what kinds of reforms promote economic efficiency.
  • Acquire an overview of the main empirical methodologies used in evaluating policy reforms.
Taxation of Partnerships and Trusts (LAWS6118) REGISTER NOW
  • The objective of this unit is to examine the policy and practical issues that arise in Australia by virtue of the rules for the taxation of income derived through unincorporated entities.
  • The focus is on partnerships, corporate limited partnerships, trusts, unit trusts, deceased estates, corporate unit trusts and public trading trusts. The goals of the unit are to develop a detailed understanding of the policies, technical rules and practical problems involved in the taxation of these arrangements.
UK International Taxation (LAWS6109) REGISTER NOW
  • The objective of the unit is to provide an overview of the UK tax system focusing on cross-border investment and expatriate employment issues and a detailed analysis of the most important legislative and treaty rules of the UK in the international direct tax area, especially in dealings with Australia.
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Cross-Border Deals (LAWS6997) REGISTER NOW
  • The unit highlights the distinctive concepts and practices of overseas securities and corporate laws in cross-border transactions and focuses on resolving the challenges non-Australian issues can pose to transactions even if Australian law applies to many aspects of the deal.
Industrial Associations: Trade Unions and Employer Associations (LAWS6999) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit will examine the law governing trade unions and employer organisations in Australian industrial relations. Under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) awards no longer have parties and individual employees can be bargaining agents - what role does the legislation contemplate for industrial associations? With assistance from senior practitioners as guest speakers, this unit will examine the history of trade union law, why and how employer and employee organisations are registered, what powers they have and the rules by which they must operate.
International Contract Law (LAWS6958) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit examines the resurgence of the concept of a new lex mercatoria as it is used in international commerce. Using the Unidroit Principles of International Commercial Contracts, now in its third edition, as a fundamental statement of the principles of international contract law, we examine the structures and principles of international contract law as they apply in international contract practice and how they differ from national contract laws.
Market Manipulation and Insider Trading (LAWS6944) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit examine the key concepts at the heart of capital market regulation focusing on practices that threaten the integrity of global securities markets.
  • This unit also focus on recent developments (including high profile prosecutions for market abuse) in Australia and the United States while selecting other jurisdictions (most notably China, India, South Africa, Brazil, Europe and Hong Kong) that are relevant to the different subjects considered.
Tax Avoidance and Anti-Avoidance (LAWS6965) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit examines the pervasive phenomenon of tax avoidance, and the design (and effectiveness) of common judicial and legislative responses to it.
  • This unit will also examine the inter-relationship between the process of statutory interpretation and the opportunities for avoidance
Tax Treaties Special Issues (LAWS6946) REGISTER NOW
  • 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.
Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions (LAWS6892) REGISTER NOW
  • The unit will focus on the tax issues arising on the takeover or re-organisation of a corporation. Unique and complex tax issues arise for the corporation, its existing shareholders and, in the case of a takeover, its acquirer. These issues will influence the method of effecting the transaction, the method of financing it and indirectly the price paid.
Water Law and Climate Change (LAWS6191) REGISTER NOW
  • This unit of study situates the management of Australia's water resources within an International Law context including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, International Water Law principles and an internationally recognised human right to water.
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Chinese Laws & Chinese Legal Systems (12cp) (LAWS6001) CONTACT OFFSHORE

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

  • Acquire an overall picture of the modern Chinese legal system.
  • Develop a perception of its unique character by tracing its role through major social epochs and the role of law in a socialist market economy.
  • Examine the concept of law as a political function and the implementation of law, not so much through courts, as through administrative fiats and authority, making law essentially a function of politics and administration.