Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


5000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with coherent and advanced knowledge of different areas of internet law, such as copyright protection of content online, software and databases, domain names, consumer protection, intermediary liability, privacy, and jurisdiction and choice of law issues.

It discusses the recent developments in this dynamic field of law, challenges it faces, and future perspectives. Keeping in mind the international nature of internet, comparison is made between Australian and foreign (European, US) laws, policies and debates in the field.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of the main legal principles, rules, legislation and case authorities of Internet law in Australia and other jurisdictions.

2. Demonstrate a critical capacity to use legal analysis and synthesis skills to resolve legal problems in the Internet law area; develop strategies to deal with Internet law problems and issues and be able to generate solutions to legal problems and issues;

3. Understand and discuss coherently and critically the broad policy underpinnings of Internet law;

4. Demonstrate high level skills in legal research and analysis in respect of a complex legal policy question, and the capacity to deliver timely and engaging policy advice that question by using modern technological solutions.


The topics in this course include:

  1. Internet functioning, internet players and debates on internet regulation
  2. Online content and copyright protection
  3. Trademark protection and enforcement online
  4. Domain names and online dispute resolution
  5. Prohibited content online
  6. Intermediary liability for copyright infringements and defamation
  7. Mass-market agreements and consumer protection online
  8. Personal data protection and privacy
  9. Jurisdiction and choice of law in online cases
  10. Cybercrime


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


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Mid Semester Assessment

Online Learning Activity: Online discussion forum

Written Assignment: Final take-home assignment

Quiz: Online Quizes

Contact hours


Online Activity

Online 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term

This course is delivered completely online.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.