• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Daniel Fitzpatrick
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2014
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This course considers the relationship between land, law and economic development in Asia, with a particular focus on Southeast Asia. It covers the following material:

  • Law and economics propositions relating to property rights and their central role in market development;
  • The role of law in regulating common property systems and community-based natural resource management;
  • The development of open access, tenure insecurity and resource conflicts in Third World systems; and
  • Selected case-studies from China and Southeast Asia.

Learning Outcomes

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

The learning outcomes include equipping students to:

  • understand the theoretical relationship between land law, property rights and economic development, particularly in institutional and economic terms;
  • understand the development of open access, tenure insecurity and resource conflicts in Southeast Asia and China;
  • understand the diverse histories, objectives and structures of land law in Southeast Asia and China;
  • understand in detail the nature and challenges of land law in Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, East Timor, Vietnam and China, particularly in terms of constitutional authority over land, systems of land administration and mechanisms for formalising and unifying diverse tenure sysstems.

Other Information

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Indicative Assessment

One research essay of 6,000 to 8,000 words.
The assignment topics are squarely based on the reading materials covered in class from the four books of reading materials.

Book 1 on the theory of land law and economic development
Book 2 on Indonesia and Malaysia
Book 3 on Cambodia and East Timor
Book 4 on Vietnam and China

The reading materials will be analysed through sets of semi-structured questions for class discussion. These questions will be similar in nature to the list of proposed assignement questions. Students may also determine their own assignment topic after consultation and approval by the course convenor.

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26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery)

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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)


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 $1626
2014 $2808
2013 $2808
2012 $2808
2011 $2778
2010 $2718
2009 $2670
2008 $2670
2007 $2670
2006 $2646
2005 $2298
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2916
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3426
2008 $3426
2007 $3426
2006 $3426
2005 $3234
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5761 01 Jul 2014 14 Aug 2014 29 Aug 2014 30 Sep 2014 In Person N/A

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