This course introduces students within the ANU's Cyber program to the fundamentals of law and to advanced issues within the law of cyber. This course will be partly co-taught with LAWS8035 Cyber Warfare Law. This course will be divided up into two modules.
The first module will be taught online for four weeks. This module itself will be divided into two segments. The first segment will last for two weeks. In the first segment the students will be introduced to the fundamentals of law. Students will then proceed to the co-taught portion of the course, which is the second module on cyber warfare law, before returning to the second segment of the first module.
The first module includes a focus on both the Australian legal system and comparative issues where relevant and covers the following topics: (i) sources of law (including case law, statue, treaties, custom, tradition); (ii) types of law (including national, international, public, private); (iii) legal systems (including common law, civil law, international and indigenous law) (iv) legal institutions (including parliament, courts, tribunals, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and community); and (v) legal interpretation.
During the second segment of the first module students will apply the knowledge that they gained within cyber warfare law to their expanding knowledge of the fundamentals of the Australian and international legal system. The second segment of the first module will involve a further two weeks of online teaching. The responsible staff member will use Adobe Connect to directly communicate with students during online consultations. The Adobe Connect consultations will be for two one-hour session per week in both segments of the first module. This will comprise the entirety on the 'face-to-face' online teaching in the course.
The second module includes a focus on cyber warfare and computer networks. The Australian Government is not alone in acknowledging the threat of cyber-attacks and the need to develop cyber security capability. Accordingly, there is a strong interest, particularly among Canberra communities, in anticipating potential legal issues that might arise in cyber warfare and in consolidating knowledge as to the applicability of existing rules of international law in this particular context. Students will gain a deeper knowledge of the legal regulation of cyber including telecommunications interception, data retention, the work of security agencies and the role that cyber plays within the criminal law. The second module will be co-taught with LAWS8035.
The overall structure of the course is (i) two weeks of online teaching (first module); (ii) a four day intensive (second module) and (iii) a further two weeks of online teaching (first module).
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