Commercial, Finance and Business Law Program 2015

Sydney Law School has a long-standing reputation in commercial, finance and business law, offering the degrees of Master of Laws (LLM) and the Master of Business Law (MBL), as well as specialist postgraduate diplomas. Subjects in the Commercial, Finance and Business Law program are taught by leading academics, practitioners and judges from Australia and international institutions.

The Program

The program is extensive, and includes a range of fundamental and specialist units relevant to commercial contracts, banking and finance, insolvency, trusts, secured transactions, investment, arbitration, competition law and international transactions.

Units of study are taught both in weekly evening classes during semester and, throughout the year, on an intensive basis over four or five days. Intensive units are especially popular for international visiting academics, and interstate students and allow practitioners to submerge themselves in a subject in a collegial atmosphere away from the demands of their day to day professional lives. The program in 2015 also includes a unit in Cambridge taught by Sydney and Cambridge legal academics and adjunct practitioners.

Most units may also be studied on an audit-only basis as part of Sydney Law School’s Professional Plus+ CPD program, providing an opportunity for practitioners to benefit from the expertise of the specialist seminars in the program, and update their skills and knowledge.

Units on offer include a series of “Fundamentals” for lawyers and non-lawyers who are seeking to develop knowledge and skills in an unfamiliar field of practice by focusing on key concepts underpinning more advanced study in other units. Advanced units may specify pre-requisites or assumed knowledge.

The Commercial, Finance and Business Law program offers flexibility, enabling participants to select and combine units from various areas for a general program, or to build expertise in a specialised field. A rolling program is offered from year to year to broaden choice and to take advantage of opportunities provided by visiting and international faculty.

The 2015 program is set out below. For more information visit the Sydney Law School website. Further units that may be of interest are offered in the Law and Business program which includes units in corporate law, the Taxation Law program and the International Law program.

The Faculty

Professor Sheelagh McCracken
Director, Professor Sheelagh McCracken

Commercial, Finance and business law units are taught by a distinguished and experienced group of Resident, Adjunct, and International Faculty members.

Faculty and Adjunct members include:

The 2015 International Faculty includes:

The Course

You can undertake single subjects to gain qualifications with respect to a range of degrees and diplomas offered by Sydney Law School.

The Affiliated Courses

The Professional Plus+ Program - Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can also enrol in single subjects as part of your continuing professional development under our Professional Plus+ Program.

Single subject enrolment students are not required to undertake assignments for examinations. Discounts for single subject enrolments and discounts for group bookings are available.

The Subjects

The Fundamentals
Fundamentals of Commercial Law
Professor Sheelagh McCracken
Semester 1
(This unit assumes no previous knowledge and is available to non-lawyers and to lawyers who have not previously studied or practised in the area.)
Fundamentals of the Law of Trusts
Mr James Glister
April 17, 18 & May 1, 2
(Students who have previously completed a law degree in a common law jurisdiction are not permitted to enrol in this unit, except with permission of the Unit Coordinator.)
Fundamentals of Contract Law
Ms. Anne McNaughton (Australian National University)
May 15, 16 & 29, 30
(This unit is only available to non-law graduates who have not undertaken any previous study in contract law.)
Fundamentals of Finance Law
Professor Sheelagh McCracken
August 7, 8 & 21, 22
(This unit assumes no previous knowledge and is available to non-lawyers and to lawyers who have not previously studied or practised in the area.)
Banking and Finance Law General Commercial and Business Law International Commercial and Business Law Units Proposed for 2016
Include:
Debt Financing
Convenor: Mr. Dennis Scott, Coordinator (Ashurst)
Semester 1
Competition Law
Adjunct Professor Christopher Hodgekiss, SC (Fifth Selborne Chambers)
Semester 1
International Business Law
Professor Paul Gillies (Macquarie University) & Professor Gabriel Moens (Curtin University)
March 13, 14 & 27, 28
 
Interpreting Commercial Contracts 
Fiduciary Duties & Conflicts of Interest
Adjunct Professor The Hon. Justice A. Black, Supreme Court of NSW, et al.
January 19, 20 & 21, 22
Fiduciary Duties & Conflicts of Interest
Adjunct Professor The Hon. Justice A. Black, Supreme Court of NSW, et al.
January 19, 20 & 21, 22
International Financial Transactions: Law & Practice
Mr. J.J. de Vries Robbé (FMO), The Netherlands
March 19, 20 & 23, 24
Advanced Competition Law

Insolvency Law
Professor John Stumbles
July 2, 3 & 16, 17
The Causation Element
Associate Professor David Hamer
May 1, 2 & 22, 23
Islamic Law & Commerce
Associate Professor Salim Farrar & Dr. N. N. Thani
April 10, 11 & 17, 18
Advanced Financing Techniques

Corporate Fundraising
Convenor: Dr Robert Austin (Minter Ellison)
Semester 2
Insolvency Law
Professor John Stumbles
July 2, 3 & 16, 17
Global Energy & Resources Law
Ms Penelope Crossley
May 8, 9 & 14, 15
Commercial Conflicts of Laws
 
Compliance: Theory & Practice in the Financial Services Industry
Adjunct Prof. Kevin Lewis (ASX)
Semester 2
Advanced Obligations & Remedies
Professor Barbara McDonald
July 6-10
Clare College, University of Cambridge, UK
Law & Investment in Asia
Associate Professor Simon Butt
May 8, 9 & 22, 23   
Consumer Contracts & Product Defects 
Personal Property Securities
Professor Sheelagh McCracken
September 25, 26 & October 16, 17
Breach of Contract
Professor Elisabeth Peden
Semester 2
International Investment Law
Professor Chester Brown
May 13, 14 & 20, 21
Contractual Damages
Market Manipulation & Insider Trading
Dr Greg O’Mahoney (New Chambers)
October 2, 3, & 9, 10
Interpretation of Statutes and Other Texts
Ms Chloe Burnett (6 Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers)
Semester 2
Global Oil & Gas Contracts & Issues
Professor Owen Anderson (University of Oklahoma) & Professor John Lowe (Southern Methodist University)
May 25, 26 & 27, 28
Controlling Liability by Contract
  Executive Employment
Professor Joellen Riley
July 15, 31 & August 1, 14, 15
International Commercial Arbitration
Professor Chester Brown & Adjunct Professor Max Bonnell, King & Wood Mallesons
Semester 2
Copyright & Copyright Industries
  Contract Management
Ms Anne McNaughton, ANU
August 14, 15 & 28, 29
International Payments Law
Professor Benjamin Geva, York University, Canada
July 6, 7, & 8, 9
Equity Financing
  Insurance Contract Law
Professor Robert Merkin (University of Exeter)
September 16, 17 & 21, 22
Doing Business in Emerging Markets
Professor Paul Stephan, University of Virginia, USA
August 19-21 & 24, 25
Principles of Intellectual Property
  Personal Property Securities
Professor Sheelagh McCracken
September 25, 26 & October 16, 17
International Contract Law
Adjunct Professor Donald Robertson (Herbert Smith Freehills)
October 9, 10 & 23, 24
 
  Market Manipulation & Insider Trading
Dr Greg O’Mahoney (New Chambers)
October 2, 3, & 9, 10
Cross-Border Deals
Mr. Ronald C. Barusch (former partner, Skadden Arps)
October 23, 24 & 30, 31
 
  International Contract Law
Adjunct Professor Donald Robertson (Herbert Smith Freehills)
October 9, 10 & 23, 24
   
  Cross-Border Deals
Mr. Ronald C. Barusch (former partner, Skadden Arps)
October 23, 24 & 30, 31
   

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