- Code LAWS8001
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Law School
- ANU College ANU College of Law
- Course subject Laws
- Areas of interest Development Studies, Law
- Academic career PGRD
- AsPr Moeen Cheema
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Summer Session 2023
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Studies in law, governance and development consider the role of law in a development context. The field has national and international legal perspectives.
At a national level, law, governance and development considers inter alia relationships among law, social order and institutional change in development contexts. Examples include:
- law and justice in fragile or post-conflict states;
- the role of land and natural resources law in state-building contexts;
- legal pluralism and the relationship between the state and private systems of governance.
International issues include:
- the 'right to development' in international law;
- the role of multilateral development organisations- including UN agencies, the WTO and the World Bank - in the international legal order; and
- the transplantation and harmonisation of law in developing countries through investment treaties and international or regional legal frameworks.
The course will provide an introduction to key theories and sources of literature, and will draw on expert guest lecturers, on these disparate topics. Common threads will include:
- exploration of potential correlations and causative effects involving law and social change in a development context
- exploration of analytical frameworks to enable adaptation of legal models to a development context.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Analyse and explain the theoretical relationship between law, governance and development, particularly in terms of institutional theories of law and development and their critical analyses;
- Contextualise the debates on law and development in the histories, governance, politics and social landscapes of developing countries;
- Explain, analyse and assess practical issues of scoping, project design, peer review, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of law, governance and development projects; and
- Examine, investigate and critically evaluate the successes, failures and lessons learned of specific donor-funded programs in Asia and the Pacific, particularly in relation to land titling, legal assistance programming after armed conflicts and natural disasters, state-building and law and order.
- research paper (80) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- student case-study presentation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- class participation component (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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- Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
- Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week.
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