• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2017
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The Australian and US approaches to 'national security law' exhibit areas of commonality, but also - more particularly - areas of significant divergence. To some extent these divergences are attributable to Constitutional and politico-legal foundations and processes; to some extent they reflect differences in conceptualization of the shared challenge or threat.

This course examines and compares the Australian and US approaches to national security law, ranging across foundational issues such as constitutional fundamentals and the legislative basis for the main intelligence community agencies, through to discrete thematic issues including use of force, foreign fighters, telecommunications interception and cyber, and oversight mechanisms.

Learning Outcomes

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

A participant who completes this course should be able to:

  • formulate an understanding of what the concept of 'national security' means in an Australian context;
  • explain the main features of the way in which Australian national security institutions are organised, and in particular the legal basis on which they operate;
  • explain the main features of framework of Australian national security law, how this legal framework developed and how it currently operates; and
  • examine, and critically analyse, practical and thematic issues arising from the way in which national security institutions and laws have developed and currently operate in Australia

Indicative Assessment

Class participation  - 10%

Statutory interpretation/analysis exercise - 25%

Research essay - 65%

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Workload

Intensive delivery over four days (26 hours); preparation and prereading for two days (10 hours); Plus time for assessment tasks

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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

Prescribed Texts

There will be a reading list provided.

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
2017 $3420
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
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
5498 15 May 2017 15 May 2017 26 May 2017 29 Jun 2017 In Person N/A

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