This course is designed to give students an opportunity to explore contemporary issues in Australian administrative law. Issues will be examined both from a practical and theoretical dimension. There will be an introductory session designed to place the various topics covered in the overall context of the contemporary Australian administrative law system. But the course is aimed at students who have a good solid understanding of Australian administrative law.
The course covers: a variety of contemporary issues arising in the law of judicial review (largely focusing on significant cases decided in the last 3 years); the amalgamation of Commonwealth tribunals; current challenges for the office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman; issues arising with the administration of Freedom of information legislation; and the role of parliamentary scrutiny committees in the protection of administrative law values. Students will have the capacity to go beyond these topics in their class presentations and research essays.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements should be able to:
- Demonstrate mastery of knowledge and understanding of the range of current issues currently influencing developments in the Australian Administrative Law system;
- Explain, critically analyse and integrate that knowledge and understanding so as to evaluate and anticipate future developments in administrative law;
- Identify, review and critically contribute, using a range of research principles and methods, to scholarly discussion on principles and practices underlying current developments in administrative law;
- Investigate and analyse the interrelationships between recent developments in administrative law and their influence on fundamental administrative law and broader public law principles;
- Generate and critically analyse knowledge of administrative law principles to demonstrate their application to a variety of complex problems in both practical and theoretical contexts; and
- Plan, research and critically analyse and evaluate legal scholarship and other material discussing recent developments to produce a professional piece of written work.
Other InformationThis is an intensive course with a 4 day compulsory intensive (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment for this course will likely consist of:
- Class Participation (10%)
- Essay Plan Presentation (15%)
- Essay (75%, 4000-5000 words)
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Workload26 hours of face to face teaching (4 day intensive). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThere is no prescribed text for this course.
Preliminary ReadingStudents who have not recently studied administrative law may wish to generally consult:
- Peter Cane
and Leighton McDonald, Principles of
Administrative Law: legal regulation of governance (2nd ed,
Oxford University Press, 2012) (with Peter Cane) and/or
- Matthew Groves (ed), Modern Administrative Law in Australia: Concepts and Context (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
Students must rely on the approved Course Study
Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks
prior to the commencement of the course.
An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.
Assumed KnowledgeStudents without an Australian law degree must have completed LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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