Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
At the completion of this unit students will:
- have demonstrated mastery of the theoretical knowledge around statutory interpretation
- have reflected critically on the theory of statutory interpretation and its application in professional practice.
- have demonstrated a superior knowledge of legal research principles and methods.
- demonstrate communication and technical research skills to justify conclusions and professional decisions to a specialist audience.
The course will cover the following topics:
- The legislative process, including the distinction between primary and subordinate legislation, regulatory impact process, legislative instrument requirements, drafting, parliamentary scrutiny, and registration of legislative instruments.
- Approaches to the interpretation of legislation, including comparisons with interpretation of contracts and treaties.
- Interpretation Acts and drafting conventions
- Extrinsic and intrinsic aids to assist in interpretation, including role of legal assumption
- Remedial, penal and fiscal provisions
- Obligatory and discretionary provisions.
Students must rely on the Means of Assessment which will be avaliable on the Wattle course site prior to the commencement of the course.
It is proposed that the assessment for this course will consist of the following:
- On-line exercises and discussion (20%)
- Essay - up to 1500 words (30%)
- Take home exam (50%)
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Minimum of the equivalent of 26 contact hours through engagement with materials, exercises and discussion on WATTLE plus private study time of 39 hours per semester (ie total of 65 hours).
Non-lawyers undertaking the introductory face to face sessions will have an extra 12 contact hours plus up to 24 hours in additional preparation time (additional 36 hours).
2014 Course Intensive Dates (compulsory for non-lawyers): 5-6 September
Online from 8 September 2014
D.C. Pearce and R.S. Geddes, Statutory Interpretation in Australia (8th ed 2014, LexisNexis).
An e-brick of other materials will also be provided to students.
A Course Outline will be availble on the Wattle course site prior to the commencement of the course.
Non-lawyers must have completed LAWS8015 Fundamentals of Government
and Commercial Law or its equivalent prior to commencing this course.
Non lawyers must also attend a two day face to face intensive as part of the course before undertaking the on-line tasks.
Incompatibility: students who have completed an equivalent course, including the Statutory Interpretation and Regulatory Design Course offered as part of the ANU LLB program, within the previous 5 years are not permitted to undertake this 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.
- Domestic fee paying students
- International fee paying students
Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|5765||05 Sep 2014||05 Sep 2014||26 Sep 2014||12 Dec 2014||In Person||N/A|