• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Moeen Cheema
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2015
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Studies in law, governance and development consider the role of law in a development context. The field has national and international legal perspectives.

At a national level, law, governance and development considers inter alia relationships among law, social order and institutional change in development contexts. Examples include:

  • law and justice in fragile or post-conflict states;
  • the role of land and natural resources law in state-building contexts;
  • legal pluralism and the relationship between the state and private systems of governance.

International issues include:

  • the 'right to development' in international law;
  • the role of multilateral development organisations- including UN agencies, the WTO and the World Bank - in the international legal order; and
  • the transplantation and harmonisation of law in developing countries through investment treaties and international or regional legal frameworks.

The course will provide an introduction to key theories and sources of literature, and will draw on expert guest lecturers, on these disparate topics. Common threads will include:

  • exploration of potential correlations and causative effects involving law and social change in a development context
  • exploration of analytical frameworks to enable adaptation of legal models to a development context.

Learning Outcomes

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

A participant who has successfully completed this course should:
  1. Understand the theoretical relationship between law, governance and development, particularly in terms of institutional theories of law and development (and the critical analysis thereof).
  2. Understand the practical issues of scoping, project design, peer review, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of law, governance and development projects.
  3. Understand the successes, failures and lessons learned of specific donor-funded programs in Asia and the Pacific, particularly in relation to land titling, legal assistance programming after armed conflicts and natural disasters, state-building and law and order.

Indicative Assessment

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

Assessment is likely to consist of:

  1. research paper (80%);
  2. student case-study presentation (10%)
  3. class participation component (10%)

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Workload

30 contact hours (intensive over 5 days) plus private study time.   It is anticipated that students would be required to undertake preparatory reading for the classes of approximately 2 hours for every hour of face-to-face teaching.

2014 Intensive course dates: 24-25 & 27-28 March

Click here for the current LLM Masters Program timetable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying one of the following: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM) Master of Laws specilising in International Law (7300SINTL), Master of Laws specilising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SENVL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIN), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL, 7883XLLM), Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893XMINTL), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS). OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five LAWS courses at 1000 level or 6100 level. OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or are completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions.

Prescribed Texts

There will be a reading brick available for purchase.

Preliminary Reading

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

Fees

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1459 23 Mar 2015 23 Mar 2015 03 Apr 2015 08 May 2015 In Person N/A

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