• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Law, Asian Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Joshua Neoh
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
    See Future Offerings

This course introduces students to the legal systems and legal traditions of South East Asia in the context of their plural societies, and considers the relationship between law, governance and development in the region over the span of modern history, with an emphasis on current issues in law and society.

The course will cover key literature and pressing issues concerning law, governance and development (and the development of law) in the region, including:

  • pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial law, including customary and religious law, and the impact of these on law and society at the present time;
  • the influence of legal transplants, state-building, and development initiatives;
  • critical consideration of theoretical frameworks used to make sense of a diversity of social, economic and political conditions in the region;
  • key issues relating to constitutionalism and nation-building, including representative democracy, and political movements;
  • domestic challenges such as ethnic and sectarian conflict;
  • the role of law in bringing socio-economic change in the developmental states of the region.

 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse and explain the contemporary shape and historical evolution of the legal systems and constitutional structures of South East Asian states;
  2. Critically analyse South East Asian laws and explain the role of legal institutions in achieving justice and development in the region;
  3. Assess, distinguish and critically evaluate contemporary academic and policy debates about ‘legal pluralism’, ‘legal traditions’, ‘legal transplants’, ‘good governance’, ‘rule of law’, and ‘constitutionalism’; and
  4. Access South East Asian legal materials and employ a variety of tools and methodological approaches useful for legal research on the subject.
  5. Plan and execute complex legal research with independence in order to produce original scholarship on issues relating to law and society in South East Asia.

Other Information

This is an intensive course with a compulsory on campus component (see LLM timetable for dates).

Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the on campus component your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Research Essay (90) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.

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.

Click here for the LLM Masters Program timetable.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a; Master of Laws (MLLM) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; or Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; or Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; or Master of International Law and Diplomacy (MINLD) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS4229 Law and Society in South East Asia. Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for appropriate permission.

Prescribed Texts

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.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
34
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4092 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person N/A

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