Sydney Law School in Europe 2013

24 January 2013

The 2013 Sydney Law School in Europe program includes units of study in Cambridge, Amsterdam, Berlin and London.

The program commences with Contract Negotiation at Robinson College, Cambridge University between 3-7 June 2013.

Taught by Professor David Yates, Warden of Robinson College, this highly interactive and popular unit will examine the legal principles that provide the overarching framework within which contract negotiations take place.

Places in this course always fill quickly and the class is capped at 20.

Topics covered include:

  • Standard form contracts and negotiated contracts
  • "agreements to agree" and the requirements of certainty
  • "long-term" contractual relationships and the use of hardship and intervener clauses
  • "good faith" negotiations and negotiation techniques

During the dates 14, 17, 19, 21 June 2013 Professor Richard Vann, Challis Professor of Taxation Law will deliver Tax Treaties Special Issues at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.

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

Topics covered include:

  • OECD policy development processes
  • The new Article 7
  • Business restructures
  • High value services
  • Expatriates
  • Superannuation and pensions

Professor Elisabeth Peden and Professor Barbara McDonald will convene and teach Advanced Obligations and Remedies at Clare College, Cambridge during 8, 9 & 11, 12 July 2013.

The comparative course includes a program of guest lectures by Adjunct Professor Donald Robertson of Herbert Smith Freehills and several leading academics from the Cambridge Law Faculty who specialise in the law of obligations.

It follows a very successful and popular course in 2010.

Thiscourse explores a number of contentious issues arising in the law of civil obligations and remedies.

Topics covered include:

  • Change of circumstances under contract

  • Issues in contractual damages

  • Controlling fiduciary power

  • Economic loss claims by third parties in Australia and the United Kingdom

  • Choice of law in contract in Europe and under common law

  • Duties of good faith

  • Aspects of constructive trusts and tracing

  • Economic torts in Australia and the United Kingdom

The Program then moves to the Continent with Philosophy of Law taught by Professor Wojciech Sadurski at Humboldt Law School, Berlin during 15, 16 & 18, 19 July 2013.

Professor Sadurski will provide a critical understanding of the fundamental principles of legal theory and philosophy of law.

Topics covered include:

  • 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

The Program closes with the first unit to be delivered in Amsterdam - New Technologies, Risk and Environmental Law taught by Professor Rosemary Lyster and Professor Johannes Somsen, Amsterdam University at the Royal Academy Arts & Sciences between 16-19 July 2013.

This new unit of study will assess the regulation of new technologies from a risk regulation and Environmental Law perspective.

Key questions that are elaborated include:

  • What is regulation, who are the regulators and who are the regulatees?
  • What is the ideal-type of regulatory environment?
  • How do regulators engage with risk?
  • How are ideas of the possibility of impending catastrophe likely to affect the balance between legitimacy and effectiveness?

The Sydney Law School in Europe Program is a unique offshore initiative providing an opportunity for lawyers to obtain or complete a Master of Laws (LLM) degree with an emphasis on comparative, commercial and international law.

There are also alternative enrolment pathways including:

All units are open to lawyers to study as continuing professional developmentas the units meet the necessary requirements of both the Law Society of New South Wales and the New South Wales Bar Association in relation to their individual members.
Sydney Law School is an Accredited External Provider for the purposes of the Continuing Professional Development Scheme (CPD) by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in the United Kingdom.

Unless otherwise stated, all Sydney Law School in Europe unit offerings will be accredited by the SRA and each unit of study may offer up to 22 CPD hours for solicitors practising in the United Kingdom.
To register your interest and for all enquiries please contact:

Sonya Chater

T: +61 2 9351 0275


Alternatively, to apply or enrol, please contact the Postgraduate Team.