• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Asian Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Moeen Cheema
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2014
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This course introduces students to the legal systems South Asia, and considers the relationship between law, governance and development in the region. 

 The course will cover key academic and policy debates about law and development in South Asia, including:

  •  the general features of law and legal systems in countries of South Asia, including the influence of legal transplants, state-building and Rule of Law initiatives, revolutionary change, religious law, custom and tradition;
  •  the multiple meanings of ‘law’ in the social, political, judicial and legislative contexts of the South Asia;
  •  introduction to and critical consideration of theoretical frameworks employed to make sense of a diversity of social, economic and political conditions in the region, such as liberal-democratic theory, rights discourse, Rule of Law theory, Orientalism, postcolonial legal theory, and law and development discourses;
  •  key issues relating to constitutionalism and state-building, including representative democracy, political movements and emerging civil society networks;
  •  international territorial disputes, domestic challenges of regionalism, ethnic and/or sectarian strife;
  •  law and human rights, including debates about the status and recognition of religious law, particularly those of gender discrimination and minority rights, and formal and informal justice mechanisms; and
  •  the role of law in bringing socio-economic change, tackling wealth and power disparities, equitable use of natural resources and foreign aid, undermining elite control of the political economy.

Learning Outcomes

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

A participant who has successfully completed this course should:

  1. have an understanding of the contemporary shape as well as historical evolution of the legal systems and political structures of South Asian countries;
  2. be able to critically analyse South Asian laws and the role of legal institutions as possible means of achieving social justice and political change;
  3. be able to evaluate contemporary academic and policy debates about ‘good governance’, ‘rule of law’, ‘access to justice’ and ‘structural reforms’, particularly as these relate to allocations of power and resources along class, religious/caste, ethno-linguistic, regional and gender lines.
  4. be able to access and analyse South Asian legal materials, and to employ a variety of tools and methodological approaches useful for legal research and practice in South Asian countries.

Indicative Assessment

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

The proposed scheme of assessment will be:

  1. Research Paper (5000-600 words) (60%)
  2. Three in-class individual and group assignments (10% each for a total of 30%)
  3. Class Participation (10%)

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26 contact hours (intensive delivery over 4 days) plus private study time.

2014 Intensive course dates: 23-24 & 27-28 October

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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)

Preliminary Reading

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


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. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8607 01 Oct 2014 24 Oct 2014 24 Oct 2014 31 Dec 2014 In Person N/A

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