• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Law, Asia Pacific Studies, Renewable Energy

Winter Topic: Law and Society in South East Asia:

This course introduces students to the legal systems and legal traditions of South East Asia in the context of their plural societies, and considers the relationship between law, governance and development in the region over the span of modern history, with an emphasis on current issues in law and society.

This course will be taught by Professor Andrew Harding. Professor Harding is a leading scholar in the fields of Asian legal studies and comparative constitutional law. He is Law Professor and Director of the Centre for Asian Legal Studies and Director of the Asian Law Institute at the National University of Singapore.  The course will cover key literature and pressing issues concerning law, governance and development (and the development of law) in the region, including:

·         pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial law, including customary and religious law, and the impact of these on law and society at the present time;

·         the influence of legal transplants, state-building, and development initiatives;

·         critical consideration of theoretical frameworks used to make sense of a diversity of social, economic and political conditions in the region;

·         key issues relating to constitutionalism and nation-building, including representative democracy, and political movements;

·         domestic challenges such as ethnic and sectarian conflict;

·         the role of law in bringing socio-economic change in the developmental states of the region


Spring Topic: Energy Governance Policy and Regulation in the Asia-Pacific

This course introduces students to the challenges of designing energy policy, law, and regulation to meet the very different needs and objectives of countries within the Asia Pacific. In doing so it will consider the need to expand energy access, increase energy security, develop energy infrastructure, secure good energy governance; all while promoting clean energy to limit Asia's contributions to climate change. It will introduce students to both economic regulation and environmental regulation of energy, including how changes to economic regulation may improve environmental sustainability. It will also cover energy sector regulatory reforms (introduced by governments to move from public-sector to private sector models of energy provision), and will consider their effectiveness.

Climate change is now broadly recognised as humanity's greatest single challenge. Energy related CO2 emissions worldwide are projected to increase significantly by 2030, with much of this increase coming from Asia. Asia and the Pacific will suffer severe climate related disasters and many of climate change's worst effects. In considering these thematic issues, the course will (i) consider case-studies and draw upon examples of national policy and regulation from the People's Reupublic of China; India; South-east Asia, and the Pacific Islands; (ii) investigate examples of regional energy cooperation, such as: the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Energy Regulators' Network, the Asia Pacific Dialogue on Clean Energy Governance and Regulation, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and the Pacific Power Association; and (iii) consider the relevance of international climate and energy law for the Asia-Pacific.

Learning Outcomes

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

A participant who has successfully completed this course should:

  1. have an understanding of the contemporary shape as well as historical evolution of the legal systems and political structures of South East Asian states;
  2. be able to critically analyse South East Asian laws and the role of legal institutions for achieving social justice and political change;
  3. be able to evaluate contemporary academic and policy debates about ‘legal transplants’, ‘good governance’, ‘rule of law’, ‘access to justice’ and ‘constitutional development’;
  4. be able to access and analyse South East Asian legal materials, and to employ a variety of tools and methodological approaches useful for legal research.

Other Information

This course involves a four day intensive. Attendance at all four days is compulsory. Dates are 22-23 & 25-26 June 2015. The final assessment for the course is usually due approximately 6 weeks after the last day of the intensive. After the completion of the intensive days, communication between students and convenor continues as required via the Wattle course site.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the Course Study Guide for the full assessment scheme which will be available approximately 4 weeks from the commencement of the intensive.

The proposed scheme of assessment will be:

1.      Research Paper (5500 words) (60%)
2.      In-class presentation in the form of a response to the readings (30%)
3.      Class Participation (10%)

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26 contact hours (intensive delivery over 4 days) plus private study time.

2015 Intensive course dates: 22-23 & 25-26 June

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying one of the following: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM) Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300SINTL), 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 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. OR Must be studying a Master of Military Law (MMILL) OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (MJDOL) and have completed the course LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B

Preliminary Reading

A full list of readings will be supplied nearer the commencement of the course.


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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
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
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Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
Contemporary Property
9761 16 Oct 2018 16 Oct 2018 02 Nov 2018 25 Dec 2018 In Person N/A

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