• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2014
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Special Topics in Laws, Governance & Development 3: Courts, Justice & Development (LAWS8067)

This course will focus thematically on the role of the courts and judiciary as a key component of governance reform in official development assistance.  It poses the overarching question: is judicial reform failing and, if so, what can be done to improve it?  It will critique the global and regional experiences of promoting the ‘rule of law’ in the ‘law and development’ discourse, otherwise variously called ‘judicial reform’ or ‘access to justice’ over the past fifty years.  It will showcase and compare the regional experiences in Latin-America, the post-Soviet CIS countries, and Asia-Pacific.  

The course will adopt a multi-disciplinary and political-economy perspective to interrogate the justifications for judicial reform against the available empirical evidence and the evidence of practice as case studied through the Asian Development Bank, AusAID and practitioners across Asia.  Additionally, it will focus on the challenge of evaluating development generally and judicial reform specifically, and provide a meta-evaluation of development practice.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the end of the course, students will be deeply informed and able to analyse and argue critically about judicial reform as a key thematic focus of governance reform in international development.  More specifically, students will be able to:-

  • critique the ‘theory’ and ‘practice’ of judicial reform;
  • assess the global/regional experiences;
  • evaluate the effectiveness of existing and alternative approaches;
  • appraise the epistemological roles of empirical evidence and ideology in building development policy.

Indicative Assessment

Class Participation (20%), 2 x Essays (4000 wds 40% each)

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Intensive Delivery over 4 days

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying in one of the following programs; Master of Laws (7300) Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312) Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883) Graduate Diploma in Law (6300) Master of Legal Studies (7305) Master of Environmental Law (7309) Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313) Master of International Law (7310) Master of Law, Governance and Development (7317) Master of International Security Law (7318) Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893) Graduate Diploma in Law, Governance and Development (6317) Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (6305) Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law (6309) Graduate Diploma in Government and Commercial Law (6313) Graduate Diploma in International Law (6310) Graduate Diploma in International Security Law (6318) Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (6303) Graduate Certificate in Environmental Law (6351)

Prescribed Texts

Armytage, L 2012, Reforming Justice: a Journey to Fairness in Asia,  Cambridge University Press

A reading list will be provided in the Course Outline 6 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.


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

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Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1554
2014 $2808
2013 $2676
2012 $2676
2011 $2646
2010 $2592
2009 $2544
2008 $2544
2007 $2544
2006 $2520
2005 $2190
2004 $1836
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2778
2014 $3762
2013 $3582
2012 $3582
2011 $3582
2010 $3576
2009 $3264
2008 $3264
2007 $3264
2006 $3264
2005 $3084
2004 $2778
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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4681 16 Jun 2014 16 Jun 2014 27 Jun 2014 01 Aug 2014 In Person N/A

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