- Code LAWS8104
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Law School
- ANU College ANU College of Law
- Course subject Laws
- Areas of interest Law
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery Online
Legislation crosses all boundaries of legal doctrine; there is virtually no field of the law that is not occupied by legislation in some shape or form. Similarly, there are many disciplines besides the law itself in which legislation is an object of study. From philosophy of law (jurisprudence), to sociology, politics and cultural studies (particularly interdisciplinary studies of law and literature), legislation is closely observed and analysed in the academic world.
Modern-day legal practice and academic legal study require expertise in working with legislation. Yet little attention has been paid to giving law students tools to understand the way in which legislation comes into being, and how it is interpreted. This course aims, in some small degree, to remedy that deficiency.
Principal topics covered in the course include:
1. What is legislation?
2. The role of the legislative drafter
3. Legislative drafting techniques
4. The role of parliamentary scrutiny committees
5. Legislative interpretation in the context of legislative drafting
6. Delegated legislation and Commonwealth legislative instruments
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify, analyse and reflect on the different roles played by legislation in effecting regulatory and policy objectives and the influence these roles have in the approach to legislative drafting
- Identify, analyse and reflect on the different influences on approaches to legislative drafting, including the role of parliamentary scrutiny committees, the approach of the courts to statutory interpretation, and interpretative Acts and Acts of general application.
- Choose and apply a range of legislative drafting techniques to assist in the drafting of legislation and legislative instruments.
- Examine, interpret and distinguish instruments of legislative character and the different ways in which that distinction is important, including the role of judicial scrutiny of those instruments.
- Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Drafting exercise (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research essay, or alternatively, drafting exercise and take home assignment (70) [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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Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
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