Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 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 the internet, comparison is made between Australian and foreign (European, US) laws, polices and debates in the field.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the origin, rationale and main principles of different areas of Internet law.

2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of statutory regulation, case law and practice on different areas of Internet law in Australia; compare it with legal regulation and practice in selected jurisdictions overseas.

3. Critically analyse legal problems arising from specific situations in the Internet environment and apply acquired specialized legal knowledge and argumentation skills in solving these problems.

4. Participate in key policy debates surrounding future development of international and domestic Internet law regulation and enforcement.


The topics in this course include the following:

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


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005.

Assessment items

Presentation: Video presentation

Written Assignment: Final take-home problem-based assignment

Quiz: Online learning activity: online quizzes

Participation: Online learning activity: online discussion forum

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Online Activity

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks