• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Law
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course will examine the developmental role, constituent treaties, operational principles and limitations, immunities and privileges, and governance structures of international financial institutions (IFIs). Primary consideration will be given to the Asian Development Bank which is the leading regional development bank in the Asia-Pacific region, and comparisons will be made with other IFIs including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the African Development Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

The course will cover project lending operations of development banks through the project cycle, from project preparation to project completion and the preparation of legal agreements. The course will also analyse interventions by these institutions in law and policy reform activities. The course will also address how other issues are handled including formulation and development of anticorruption policies and social safeguard policies, engagement with civil society, and establishment and operation of accountability mechanisms to address citizen grievances with bank projects.

 

Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements will be able to:
  1. Analyse and explain the organisational structure and governance of international financial institutions (IFIs), with specific reference to the Asian Development Bank;
  2. Explain, analyse and assess the roles of various actors who are involved in the operations of these institutions including governments, private sector, civil society and nongovernmental organisations;
  3. Examine, investigate and critically evaluate the successes and failures of development projects, including law and development projects, financed by multilateral development banks from project preparation to project evaluation stages involving in particular the development of social safeguard policies, anti-corruption initiatives carried out by these institutions, and IFIs’ engagement with civil society; and
  4. Examine, investigate and critically evaluate how citizen grievances with development projects are addressed by accountability mechanisms established by IFIs.

Other Information

This is an intensive course with a 4 day compulsory intensive (see LLM timetable for dates).

Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

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Workload

26 hours of face to face teaching (4 day intensive). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. 

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying one of the following: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM) Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300SINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SENVL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL, 7883XLLM), Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893XMINTL), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS). OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five LAWS courses at 1000 level or 6100 level. OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or are completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions. OR Must be studying a Master of Military Law (MMILL) OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (MJDOL) and have completed the course LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed textbook for this course.

Indicative Reading List

Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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