• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Livingston Armytage
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2015
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Special Topics in Laws, Governance & Development 3: Courts, Justice & Development (LAWS8067)

This course will focus thematically on the role of the courts and judiciary as a key component of governance reform in official development assistance.  It poses the overarching question: is judicial reform failing and, if so, what can be done to improve it?  It will critique the global and regional experiences of promoting the ‘rule of law’ in the ‘law and development’ discourse, otherwise variously called ‘judicial reform’ or ‘access to justice’ over the past fifty years.  It will showcase and compare the regional experiences in Latin-America, the post-Soviet CIS countries, and Asia-Pacific.  

The course will adopt a multi-disciplinary and political-economy perspective to interrogate the justifications for judicial reform against the available empirical evidence and the evidence of practice as case studied through the Asian Development Bank, AusAID and practitioners across Asia.  Additionally, it will focus on the challenge of evaluating development generally and judicial reform specifically, and provide a meta-evaluation of development practice.

Learning Outcomes

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

At the end of the course, students will be deeply informed and able to analyse and argue critically about judicial reform as a key thematic focus of governance reform in international development.  More specifically, students will be able to:-

  • critique the ‘theory’ and ‘practice’ of judicial reform;
  • assess the global/regional experiences;
  • evaluate the effectiveness of existing and alternative approaches;
  • appraise the epistemological roles of empirical evidence and ideology in building development policy.

Indicative Assessment

Class Participation (20%), 2 x Essays (4000 wds 40% each)

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Intensive Delivery over 4 days

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

Armytage, L 2012, Reforming Justice: a Journey to Fairness in Asia,  Cambridge University Press

A reading list will be provided in the Course Outline 6 weeks prior to the commencement of the 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

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1570 04 May 2015 04 May 2015 15 May 2015 19 Jun 2015 In Person N/A

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