• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Daniel Stewart
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2015
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Legislation dominates the contemporary legal landscape.  Almost all fields of legal regulation involve legislation in some form. The ability to interpret and understand the operation of legislation is a skill essential to understanding law and is operation.

This course will provide an advanced study of the rules and principles governing statutory interpretation.

Students who have encountered statue law in a variety of contexts (criminal law, torts law, administrative law etc) and been introduced to the relevant common law principles, will benefit from a more detailed consideration of statutory interpretation as a fundamental skill involved in all areas of practice but particularly those areas involving government.

Learning Outcomes

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

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1.  have demonstrated mastery of the theoretical knowledge around statutory interpretation
  2.  have reflected critically on the theory of statutory interpretation and its application in professional practice.
  3. have demonstrated a superior knowledge of legal research principles and methods.
  4. demonstrate communication and technical research skills to justify conclusions and professional decisions to a specialist audience.

The course will cover the following topics:

  1. 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.
  2. Approaches to the interpretation of legislation, including comparisons with interpretation of contracts and treaties.
  3. Interpretation Acts and drafting conventions
  4. Extrinsic and intrinsic aids to assist in interpretation, including role of legal assumption
  5. Remedial, penal and fiscal provisions
  6. Obligatory and discretionary provisions.


Indicative Assessment

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:

  1. On-line exercises and discussion (20%)
  2. Essay - up to 1500 words (30%)
  3. Take home exam (50%)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

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

For the current LLM Timetable please click here.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specialising 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 (NLLIL), 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 Legal Practice (MLEGP). OR Must be studying a: 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 Studies (7305XMLEGS), and completed LAWS8015 Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law or LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation. OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five LAWS1000 level courses or five LAWS6100 level courses. OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or are completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation.

Prescribed Texts

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.


Preliminary Reading

A Course Outline will be availble on the Wattle course site prior to the commencement of the course.

Assumed Knowledge

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.



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, Dates and Class Summary Links

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
1608 10 Sep 2015 10 Sep 2015 02 Oct 2015 13 Dec 2015 In Person N/A

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