Courses & Units

Parliamentary Law, Practice and Procedure LAW702



This unit is for students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in 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. The course will examine common-law Westminster systems and their incorporation into the governments of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.


Unit name Parliamentary Law, Practice and Procedure
Unit code LAW702
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Dr Phillipa McCormack (Course Coordinator) and Associate Prof. Richard Herr

Teaching staff

Dr Phillipa McCormack, Dr Peter Patmore, Dr Brendan Gogarty and Associate Prof. Richard Herr

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Parliamentary Law On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Parliamentary Law 18/5/2020 9/7/2020 25/9/2020 31/1/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $1,671.00 2020: $3,458.00 091199

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  • Pre-requisites: Admission to L5C Graduate Certificate in Parliamentary Law and Practice.


Teaching Pattern

This unit will be taught through a mixture of intensive teaching and remote learning. The intensive course will be taught at the Hobart campus, and will be made up of five (5) days of intensive teaching, from 9:00am - 5:00pm. Following the intensive course, students will study in a part-time capacity over a six month period. Students will be required to submit regular minor assessments and maintain contact with academic co-ordinators and other participants. This process will build toward the completion of a final research paper, which will be submitted to a relevant practice or academic journal.


Short assignment 30%; Final research paper 70%

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