• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law

This course previously formed part of the graduate program offered by ACORE. From 2008 - the course is available to Law students as part of the Graduate Law program and to students outside of the law program.

If you are not a Law student, please contact pgadmin.law@anu.edu.au for a permission code. 

Objectives: This course focuses on the legal framework of economic regulation, or how governments or other actors exercise coercive influence over four principal elements -entry, price, quality and conditions of service, and access obligations or obligations to serve all on reasonable conditions.  These elements are seen not only in establishing regulatory bodies in connection with the privatisation of utilities but increasingly can be seen to characterise the government response in areas where market competition is not considered sufficient to achieve the desired regulatory outcomes.  The control of genetically modified crops or allocation of water, delivery of welfare services, even allocation of domain names or credit ratings may be seen as examples of economic regulation.

This course was developed to introduce those involved or interested in economic regulation to the constitutional and administrative law checks and balances on the exercise of regulatory power, the private law alternatives to regulatory intervention, and the likely effects of regulatory intervention given the underlying legal framework.  Through a focus on the utility regulation the course provides an understanding of the crucial role played by the underlying legal framework in establishing the forms of regulation found in the Australian economy and how the economic justifications for such regulation in turn has helped to shape that legal framework. 

The course will include a one day workshop for those without a law degree and who are not enrolled in the Graduate Law Program at the ANU to introduce the core legal concepts that will be examined in the course.  The main component of the course will feature 26 hours taught intensively over 4 days.  A mix of lectures, discussion-based seminars, student-prepared presentations, case studies and visiting speakers may be used. The latter have been chosen to give a range of views and approaches across the spectrum of industries.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the Approved Assessment which will be posted to the course homepage on the ANU Law website, prior to the commencement of the course.

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Intensive 26 teaching hours (Plus 7 hours for the introductory workshop if applicable)

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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) or you must be studying one of the following programs 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) AND have completed LAWS8015.


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 $2670
2014 $2808
2013 $2808
2012 $2808
2011 $2778
2010 $2718
2009 $2670
2008 $2670
2007 $2670
2006 $2670
2005 $2670
2004 $2670
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3426
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3426
2008 $3426
2007 $3426
2006 $3426
2005 $3426
2004 $3426
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1610 22 Oct 2015 22 Oct 2015 06 Nov 2015 08 Dec 2015 In Person N/A

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