Administrative Law

Course code LAWS4002Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Law School

LAWS courses are only available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Laws (LAWS); Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

The study of Administrative Law involves examination of the legal rules and institutions through which governmental decision-making is authorised, effected, limited and reviewed. This course examines both the exercise of executive power by administrative agencies and officials, and the means by which administrative decisions can be supervised, controlled and challenged. Whilst judicial review of administrative action is at the heart of the course, extra-judicial mechanisms (including merits review and the ombudsmen) are also considered. Means of accessing information held by the administration are also evaluated.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesStudents will be required to demonstrate:
1. Developed knowledge and understanding of the concepts and principles of administrative law.
2. Advanced skills in analysis and critique of relevant primary and secondary legal materials.
3. Advanced capacity to apply legal reasoning and provide appropriate responses to hypothetical administrative law problems.
4. Critical appreciation of the circumstances in which administrative law may be relevant.
5. Critical understanding of lacunae and uncertainties in administrative law.
6. Advanced skills in written communication, in the context of administrative law.
ContentThe course will comprise five key areas of study:
• The Nature and Functions of Administrative Law;
• Judicial Review of Administrative Action;
• (Extra-judicial) Merits Review of Administrative Action (including the Administrative Appeals Tribunal);
• Means of investigating administrative action (the Ombudsman);
• Access to information held by the administration (Freedom of Information and Privacy Law).
Replacing Course(s)na
Transitionna
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeLAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS4001.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Lecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Case StudiesCase assessment - Students will be required to complete written analysis of the designated case
Examination: ClassStudents will be required to sit an in-class multiple choice test - In class mid-semester multiple choice test during the course of the semester.
Examination: Take HomeStudents will be required to complete written analysis of a designated case.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs..
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for LAWS4002