LAWS6308 - Philosophy of Law

LAWS6308 - Philosophy of Law

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  • The main objective of this unit is to provide a critical understanding of the fundamental principles of legal theory and philosophy of law.


The unit will discuss, in particular, the concept of law, the notions of obligation, authority, and legitimacy of law; the main theories of legal interpretation; the special role of the concept of "rights" in legal theory, and the principles determining the moral limits of legal coercion.


  • Class Participation (20%)
  • Take-Home Exam (80%)


Sydney Law School in Europe
Humboldt Law School, Berlin
Semester 2 Intensive
3 July 2014 Introduction, (Sydney) (4:00PM-5.30PM)
17, 18 & 21, 22 July 2014 (Berlin) (9:00AM-5:00PM)

The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can credit this unit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Courses this unit is available in

Master of Laws | Master of Global Law | Master of Jurisprudence | Graduate Diploma in Law | Graduate Diploma in Jurisprudence