Faculty of Law


Unit Code Unit Name Description Offered in 2013 Offered in 2014
LAW121 Introduction to Law To give students a feel for the study of the law. This includes understanding approaches to legal problems and issues, classification of various areas of the law, skills that need to be developed to study law, the scope and dynamics of legal systems, roles and responsibilities of the legal profession. Yes Yes
LAW122 Legal Systems This unit provides an introductory overview of the interplay between the various legal systems which impact on our contemporary Australian legal regime.
Yes Yes
LAW204 Administrative Law Provides a critical overview of the general principles of administrative law as they operate in areas such as judicial review, merits review, Ombudsman and Freedom of Information. Yes Yes
LAW250 Constitutional Law Constitutional Law builds upon the introductory principles and basic constitutional law institutional and procedural features of Australian and State constitutions covered in LAW253 Foundations of Public Law. Yes Yes
LAW251 Contract Law Builds on preliminary examination of the law of private obligations introduced in LAW252 Foundations of Private Law by targeting the law of contract. Develops an understanding of the law of contract and the enforceability of contractual obligations in the contemporary contexts of Australian and international commercial relations. Yes Yes
LAW252 Foundations of Private Law Develops an understanding of the broader law of private obligations by introducing students to its historical foundations and basic doctrinal elements, including aspects of contract, equity, tort and property. Yes Yes
LAW253 Foundations of Public Law The unit aims to introduce students to the study of Public Law and to introduce major themes and ideas which are relevant to both Constitutional Law and Administrative Law. Major themes running through the course will be the use of the law to control the exercise of government power and methods, legal and other, used to ensure governments are accountable for the exercise of power. Yes Yes
LAW254 International Law International law permeates most areas of Australian law and it is therefore essential for law graduates to have a solid grounding in the sources and methodology of international law. Yes Yes
LAW255 Legal Reasoning Set against a context of the Australian legal system and the distinction between public and private law, Legal Reasoning provides students with the skills needed for the study of law. Building on Introduction to Law (LAW121) and Legal Systems (LAW122) it provides an extensive grounding in the skills of common law reasoning, case application, statutory interpretation, problem solving, legal research, and legal writing. Yes Yes
LAW256 Torts Builds on preliminary examination of the law of private obligations introduced in Law2xx Foundations of Private Law by targeting the law of torts. Yes Yes
LAW305 Corporations Law 1 The corporation has huge economic and legal significance. Given this significance, an understanding of the role of the corporation in society and its relationship to the community, shareholders, creditors, the regulator, and other stakeholders is critical. Yes Yes
LAW351 Criminal Law A Criminal law is a necessary cornerstone of a law student's legal education because there are few areas of law that do not incorporate criminal offences as one of the arms of regulation of conduct. Criminal Law A provides an introduction to the purposes and scope of the criminal law and the way in which the law attributes responsibility for criminal offences. Yes Yes
LAW352 Criminal Law B and Criminal Procedure This unit builds on Criminal Law A. It continues the study of general principles of the criminal law. The following crimes are studied in some depth: sexual offences, homicide, drug offences, serious driving offences and property offences. As with Criminal Law A, students will be encouraged to consider the criminal law in its historical, political and social context and to consider the adequacy of the criminal law as a means of solving social problems. Yes Yes
LAW353 Equity and Trusts This unit builds on students' existing understanding of the law of private obligations by focusing on the obligations stemming from the law of equity and trusts. No Yes
LAW354 Property Law The concept of Property is of critical importance in Australian society. Three themes are central to this unit. How is Property created, how is it acquired and how is it transferred. No Yes
LAW422 Evidence This course imparts a basic understanding of the principles and rules relating to the law of evidence in both criminal and civil proceedings. Yes Yes
LAW423 Criminal and Civil Procedure The aims of the course are: To establish a basic knowledge of the principles and rules relating to pre-trial criminal and civil procedure; to develop an appreciation of the determinative role that pre-trial activities can have on the course of both civil and criminal trials and on their outcome; to encourage students' critical appraisal of the rules governing pre-trial processes; to develop an understanding of the rules and principles relating to court-connected mediation processes. Yes Yes
LAW451 Civil Procedure This Unit will examine how civil litigation is commenced, managed and finalised. The primary content focus will be the rules and practices of civil procedure in the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the Federal Court of Australia. The international context is explored through comparison with other jurisdictions. No No
LAW452 Legal Ethics Conveys to students the onerous legal and ethical responsibilities that are cast on lawyers by virtue of their position and role in society. The unit deals with the lawyer's duty to her or his clients, to the administration of justice, and to the community as a whole. It also addresses issues relating to professional discipline. No No
LAW453 Legal Theory This unit introduces students to moral debates about what the content of the law ought to be and to some of the major theories of law, such as Natural Law, Positivism and Realism and some of the most influential modern theories, including those of Professors Hart and Dworkin. The aim is to encourage students to think about the possible justifications for law and for the powers judges exercise. No No
LAW454 Remedies Consolidates students' understanding of the law of private obligations by examining the remedial responses to a breach of private law obligations, including breach of equitable, contractual, tortuous and statutory obligations. Practical skills include legal problem solving, legal reasoning and research. No Yes
LAW455 Mooting Students are required to participate in a moot in the final year of their degree. Moots are held in both first and second semesters and require attendance at the Supreme Court of Tasmania, at least two lectures and meetings with the moot coordinator. Yes Yes
LAW602 Foundations of Media and Information Technology Law Provides students studying journalism and information systems with an introduction to basic legal concepts and an overview of the major legal issues in their respective disciplines. Topics include: the Australian legal system; basic common law and legislative principles; the balance between freedom of speech, defamation, censorship and privacy; intellectual property law; regulation of electronic commerce; and court reporting and contempt law. No No
LAW603 Labour Law This unit introduces individual and collective aspects of the employment relationship with a focus on the balance of rights and duties between an employer and an employee. Yes No
LAW604 Competition Law Inquires into the theoretical and practical aspects of governmental intervention of commerce.The lectures touch upon the philosophical, economic and legal difficulties that arise during the investigation of anti-competitive arrangements. Yes Yes
LAW606 Law of the Oceans and the Antarctic Considers the public international law aspects of the law of the sea and the Antarctic continent. Yes No
LAW607 Corporations Law 2 Areas of Law not covered in LAW305 Corporations Law 1 are analysed in this unit - with particular emphasis on those aspects related to the larger public corporation. No No
LAW608 Law of Nations Examines controversial and topical issues in contemporary public international law including - politicisation and subversion of the United Nations, international environmental law, international humanitarian law - including armed conflict law, the use of Force by States, Self determination of stateless peoples. No No
LAW609 Comparative Administrative Law Explores in greater depth the principles examined in LAW204 Administrative Law and considers important aspects of review of administrative action not covered in that unit. No No
LAW610 International Environmental Law and Policy The focus in this course will be on the international law and policy relating to the environment.The course aims to provide an understanding of key concepts in this area of international law through case studies in substantive areas as diverse as climate change, forests and biological diversity. No Yes
LAW612 Jurisprudence
Introduces students to moral debates about what the content of the law ought to be and to some of the major theories of law, such as Natural Law, Positivism and Realism and some of the most influential modern theories, including those of Professors Hart and Dworkin. Yes Yes
LAW617 Comparative Law This unit will focus on the main features and institutions of legal systems.The content will take a historic and comparative approach to the main legal systems, namely, the common law and civil law systems, focusing more primarily on the European or Continental systems. No No
LAW619 Biotechnology Law This unit is designed to provide law students and biotechnology students with an overview of the major legal issues being encountered by participants in the biotechnology industry in both the public and the private sector, including scientists, lawyers, company executives, clinicians, regulators and policy makers. Yes No
LAW622 Concepts of Property
This course will explore the underpinnings of property law and the divergent cultural, social and political views related to the acquisition of property by discovery, capture and creation that are drawn into the efforts to answer the basic question, "What is property?" Yes
LAW623 International Humanitarian Law International Law purports to regulate military force in two key ways.The first we refer to as the jus ad bellum - the legal regulation of the circumstances in which resort to military force is justified.The second area of International Law we refer to as the jus in bello, International Humanitarian Law, the Law of War or the Law of Armed Conflict. Yes Yes
LAW625 Law Review This unit involves the development of advanced writing, editing and administrative skills in the production of a high quality peer reviewed Law Journal - the University of Tasmania Law Review (UTLR). Yes Yes
LAW626 Sports Law The inexorable connection between Australian society and sport is undeniable. This unit examines how legal principles are modified or applied in a way that is often innovative and unusual when placed in a sporting context. Not only will the underlying principles be explored, but also the broader question of whether law should alter its doctrines to take account of the sporting environment will be critically questioned. Yes No
LAW627 Parliamentary Law and Practice This unit introduces students to the laws and conventions that regulate the parliamentary process. It will cover a range of topics including the processes undertaken to introduce legislation, the positives and negatives of the current electoral system and elections, parliamentary privilege, the constitutional basis for our democracy and Court scrutiny of the parliamentary process, scrutiny of parliament and parliamentary committees and the roles of the executive, government, opposition and independent members of parliament. Yes No
LAW628 Advocacy Consolidates students' understanding of the law of private obligations by examining the remedial responses to a breach of private law obligations, including breach of equitable, contractual, tortuous and statutory obligations. Practical skills include legal problem solving, legal reasoning and research. Yes No
LAW629 Animal Law This unit will consider the theoretical framework of the law as it relates to animals and as it governs the use of and care for animals, particularly in the context of ethical and moral considerations. It will cover topics including the way in which modern concepts of care for animals has evolved and will examine the way in which the law deals with farmed animals. It will focus particularly on the changing public perceptions of animal cruelty and animal welfare and how the legislature and enforcement agencies have responded to these changes. No Yes
LAW630 International Criminal Procedure Recently, there has been an increase in holding individuals accountable for atrocities like genocide and war crimes. This unit examines the laws governing trial processes at the International Criminal Court and the United Nations Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. It teaches how these trials actually work. International Criminal Procedure (ICP) is central to international trials, and to establishing the guilt or innocence of an accused. No Yes
LAW631 International Law Introduces the structure of the international legal system and the legal relations between states and other entities recognised in the international legal system. Yes Yes
LAW634 Human Rights Examines the theory of human rights and their development in international law and application to Australian domestic law.A consideration is made of the basic principles, instruments and issues in international human rights law. No Yes
LAW636 Law of the European Union Covers the following topics: (a) Origins and framework of the EU: Treaty of Rome. Merger of early Communities/EU Institutions (Court, Council, Commission, Parliament); (b) EU Law making: by treaty, regulation, directive, decision, incorporation into member states' legal systems (Doctrine of Direct Effects). No No
LAW637 Jessup Moot This unit is directed towards the preparation of a University team to participate in the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Participation is limited to between 3 and 5 students and is by invitation only. The unit involves participating in the Australian rounds of the Jessup in Canberra, held in February each year. Yes No
LAW638 Criminology The unit seeks to provide an understanding of the nature of crime, its incidence, explanations for it and society's response to it in its historical, social and political context. Yes No
LAW639 Current Issues in Environmental Law and Policy This course explores the legal and policy context in which some of Australia’s most challenging environmental controversies arise. It introduces students to the framework for national and international environmental regulation using a range of topical issues and case studies. These include the Gunns pulp mill dispute, coal seam gas expansion, international climate change negotiations, adapting to the impacts of climate change, and water rights in a drying world. No Yes
LAW640 Dispute Resolution This unit introduces students to the theories, principles, practices and laws relating to dispute resolution. It covers a variety of dispute resolution methods including negotiation, conciliation, arbitration and mediation. Students will examine how these methods are used in different contexts within Australian jurisdictions and internationally. Students will also engage in practical training in various dispute resolution skills. Yes Yes
LAW641 Environmental Law The unit aims to develop a good understanding of the framework and key concepts of Australian environmental law, including planning and development control, environmental impact assessment, biodiversity and heritage conservation. No Yes
LAW652 Media Law Investigates the common law and statutory controls over the broadcasting, print and online media in Australia.The unit examines legal and economic aspects of the regulatory regimes which apply to the media, including issues of licensing, ownership and control. No
LAW662 Tax 1 Involves the study of the taxation of income under the Income Tax Assessment Acts.The unit provides an understanding of the assessment of income tax adequate for those not planning on specialising in income tax practice. Yes No
LAW663 International Trade Law Two thirds of this unit will deal with international trade law developed by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), including case studies involving the trade and environment interface and trade-health issues linkage, and the dispute settlement system. Also included will be Australia's bilateral Free trade agreements (eg US FTA). Yes Yes
LAW664 Intellectual Property Provides an overview of the major forms of intellectual property protection.The unit covers the statutory systems of copyright, trade marks and patents as well as related areas including passing off and the protection provided by Australian Consumer Law. Yes No
LAW669 Consumer Protection Recognises the development of consumer protection law as a discrete area of study and practice, largely as a consequence of statutory initiatives. No Yes
LAW670 Information Technology Law Provides an overview of the legal issues arising in the online environment.The unit covers internet crime and other crimes facilitated by the internet, offensive content, electronic commerce, including privacy, consumer protection, and establishing contracts over the internet, jurisdiction and choice of law and selected issues in intellectual property law. No No
LAW677 International Criminal Law Topics will include: The concept and bases of individual criminal responsibility for violations of international law, historical development of international criminal law, definitions of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, jurisdiction for the prosecution of international crimes (particularly universal jurisdiction), international criminal tribunals, the new International Criminal Court and Australian legislative approaches to national implementation of international criminal law. Yes No
LAW678 Comparitive Family Law The aim of this unit is to explore some key issues of principle in criminal justice, examining aspects of the criminal law and wider developments in criminal justice. No No
LAW679 Supervised Research Paper Allows students to undertake a sustained piece of research under the supervision of a member of staff. Yes Yes
LAW681 Family 1 - the Family and the Child Examines the legal relationships arising out of the family (with the exception of financial relationships which are dealt with in LAW682 Family 2 -- Financial Aspects of Family Law). No Yes
LAW682 Family 2 - Financial Aspects of Family Law Gives students an understanding of the financial aspects of family law. Topics covered include the areas of maintenance, property division, financial agreements and child support. Yes No
LAW683 Succession Gives a general coverage of the law relating to succession to property on death. Topics include: the law relating to intestacy; the execution, revocation, alteration and republication of wills; the legal and equitable doctrines relating to testamentary gifts; the powers, duties and liabilities of executors and administrators; the general administration of estates including different types of grants; and family provision. No
LAW684 Conflicts (Private International Law) Conflicts, also known as Private International Law, looks at the unique legal problems that arise when a court must decide a case which involves an element of foreign law. No Yes
LAW688 Sentencing This is a Criminal Law unit which explores the sentencing and punishment of offenders. No Yes
LAW693 Transitional Governance In the last twenty years many regimes have changed. These regime changes raise many questions of constitutional and international law. This unit will give students an introduction to the historical and sociological background of transitional governance in the various regions. No No
LAW695 Law and Ethics of Health Care This unit examines the relationship of law and ethics to the delivery of health care.The unit takes an international comparative approach with particular reference to law, policy and current issues in Australia, the UK, Canada and the US. No No
Professional Conduct

Conveys to students the onerous responsibilities that are cast on lawyers by virtue of their position and role in society.The unit deals with the lawyer's duty to her or his clients, to the administration of justice, and to the community as a whole. It also addresses issues relating to lawyers' costs and lawyer discipline.

Yes Yes
Parliamentary Law and Practice
 The purpose of this unit is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the law, procedure and practice of parliaments and other related public law topics, such as the relationship of parliament to the executive and the courts.  Yes Yes
 LAW703 Research Thesis A
 Students undertake independent research on an approved subject, supervised throughout the semester by a staff member from the Law School or School of Government as appropriate. Yes Yes