• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Dominique Dalla-Pozza
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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National Security Law is a burgeoning field of concern for Government, security agencies, civil rights monitors, and the Australian public. As both the nature of threats (represented by, for example, the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US, or the rise of cyber security as a major national security concern) and the concept of ‘security’ (such as biosecurity) have evolved, legal responses have similarly evolved. This course offers a broad brush across a number of issues concerning national security law. The course will commence with a series of building blocks (heads of power, conceptions of security, historical background). This will then allow more detailed exploration of a series of institutional issues (such as the legislative arrangements for important national security institutions, and the ‘security law’ making and monitoring process), practical issues (such as use of force, and use of classified information in prosecutions), and thematic issues (such as the national security – civil rights balancing debate).

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate the concept of ‘national security’ and what it means in an Australian context;
  2. Explain and critique the main features of the way in which Australian national security institutions are organised, and in particular the legal basis on which they operate;
  3. Analyse the main features of framework of Australian national security law, how this legal framework developed and how it currently operates; and
  4. 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.

Other Information

Classes may be offered in non-standard sessions and be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours). Please refer to the LLB timetable for dates. Please contact the ANU College of Law Student Administration Services to request a permission code to enrol in classes offered in non-standard sessions.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Mid Semester exam 40% (2500 words) [LO 2 and 3] (40) [LO null]
  2. Research essay 60 % (3500) [LO 1 and 4] (60) [LO null]

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Workload

Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week (a minimum of 36 hours). Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Bachelor of Laws (LLB, LLB(H)), have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS1206 Criminal Law and Procedure and LAWS1205 Australian Public Law. You must have completed or be currently studying LAWS2202 Commonwealth Constitutional Law; OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS1206/LAWS6106 Criminal Law and Procedure and LAWS1205/LAWS6105 Australian Public Law. You must have completed or be currently studying LAWS2202/LAWS6202 Commonwealth Constitutional Law; OR Juris Doctor - online (MJDOL) and have completed LAWS8712 Australian Public Law and International Law B. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS8485 Australian National Security Law.

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
2019 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9560 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person View

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