The aim of this course is to give students an appreciation of issues involved in administering legislative rules and to teach students ways of preventing these issues during the legislative drafting phase. The course specifically explores how technology can be used throughout the legislative lifecycle.
Students will be introduced to a methodology and technologies which emphasise the importance of precise and structured legal expression and offer many options to analyse and represent the structure of complex legal material.
Throughout the course, students will be required to learn and apply new technology to the problems at hand.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:1. identify, with reference to a given legislative instrument, the drafting office responsible, the drafting style used and critically evaluate the appropriateness of that drafting style to the subject matter of the instrument.
2. Research and evaluate the different types of provisions found in the Australian legislation and the purpose and context in which the provisions are used.
3. Evaluate and review the role technology can play in drafting, evaluating draft legislation and administering legislation, including limitations of various approaches.
4. Create a legislative rulebase to automate a select piece of legislation.
5. Select and apply a range of approaches to written and oral communication, and apply the critical thinking required to bring about solutions concerning the ways in which technology could support legislative drafting and administration in the future.
6. Undertake research on the effects of technology within the legal profession and the wider public impacts and present findings
Indicative AssessmentThe assessment will likely consist of the following four items:
1. Analysis Quiz
2. Short Essays
3. Production of a Working Legislative Rulebase
4. Final Report
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WorkloadThree contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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