The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


5000 level

Course handbook


Child law involves the study of law and the social context of the law as it affects children. It builds a foundation for the study of specific laws (child protection, juvenile justice law) by exploring human rights, social and legal perspectives. It considers broader legal and social issues that affect children, including:

1. When children are considered capable of making legal decisions (legal capacity);

2. International and human rights law applicable to children in Australia;

3. The nature of inter-professional collaboration on behalf of children in varied legal contexts.

4. Children's interaction with legal processes.

5. Differential impact of laws on certain groups of children, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify and discuss the elements of a children's rights approach to legal issues that affect children and young people with regard to international laws and policies;

2. Critically analyse the role of law and the limits of the domestic legislative framework from a children's rights perspective;

3. Demonstrate understanding of juvenile justice and child protection law (including legislation and relevant case law) policy issues and legal and non-legal processes as they relate to problem scenarios concerning children and young people;

4. Critically reflect upon legal material presented in the context of professional practice with children and apply this to problem scenarios, demonstrating awareness of a children's rights approach;

5. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of interdisciplinary and holistic responses to children and young people's legal issues;

6. Work more effectively in teams to solve problems;


The topics in this course include the following:

  1. International Law and Human Rights of Children
  2. Children, legal capacity and participation in the Legal Process
  3. Medical treatment for children
  4. The right to education
  5. Juvenile justice and the age of criminal responsibility
  6. Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Children and the Stolen Generation
  7. Child protection laws and migration policies
  8. Interprofessional practice in legal contexts


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

LAWS1010, LAWS1011, LAWS1020, LAWS1021, LAWS2030, LAWS3040, and LAWS3041.

Assessment items

Presentation: Team Project - Class Presentation

Written Assignment: Letter of Advice

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Proposal / Plan: Research Proposal

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


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

Face to Face on Campus 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term.

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term