Administrative Law

Course code LAWS4002
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables

Description

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.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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.

Content

The 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).

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed Knowledge

LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS4001.

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Take home exam

Quiz: In class - Multiple choice test

Written Assignment: Case Scenario/PBL exercises

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term