• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Specialist
    Transitional
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Law, Pacific Studies
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2018
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Good governance', 'rule of law', 'strengthening access to justice' and 'land reform' are currently high on the agenda of governments and donors in the South Pacific region. Law reform is often presented as a remedy to political instability, corruption, disappointing economic growth, and conflict.

This course introduces students to the legal systems of the independent nations of the South Pacific and examines the relationship between law, governance and development in the region. It considers:

  • the general features of law and legal systems in countries of the South Pacific, including the influence of custom and tradition;
  • the multiple meanings of 'law' in the social, political and legislative contexts of the South Pacific;
  • constitutions, leadership and the organisation of the state;
  • “state building” and “access to justice” in the “arc of instability”; and
  • current debates about the status and recognition of customary law, particularly in relation to (i) land and natural resource management and (ii) human rights.

Learning Outcomes

A participant who has successfully completed this course should
  1. be familiar with the general patterns of law and legal systems in countries in the independent nations of the South Pacific, including:the influence of custom and tradition; and the influence of the colonial period and contemporary state-building initiatives;
  2. have a broad understanding of the multiple meanings of ‘law’ in the social, political and legislative contexts of the independent South Pacific, and be able to consider which meaning may be appropriate in different contexts;
  3. be able to evaluate contemporary academic and policy debates about the status and recognition of customary law, particularly as it relates to: governance and state-building; land and natural resource management; and human rights; and
  4. be able to access and analyse South Pacific legal materials and to employ a variety of tools and methodological approaches useful for legal research and practice in South Pacific contexts.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the approved Means of Assessment available on the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

The proposed scheme of assessment is:

  1. a research paper (worth 70%); and
  2. participation in class discussions (a maximum of 10% will be awarded based on participation); and
  3. a reflective reading journal (worth 20%).

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    Workload

    26 contact hours (intensive mode over 4 days) and private study time.  It is anticipated that students will be required to undertake approximately 2 hours of preparatory reading for every hour of face-to-face teaching.

    2014 Intensive course dates: 3-4 & 7-8 April

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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

    A collection of journal articles and book chapters will be compiled by the lecturer and accessible via WATTLE.

    Students will need to access materials via the Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute (PacLII): http://www.paclii.org/.


    Indicative Reading List

    A Course Outline will be available on the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

    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.

    Offerings and Dates

    The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

    Autumn Session

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
    5768 01 Apr 2018 TBA TBA 30 Jun 2018 In Person

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