Available in 2021
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 prohibited content online, privacy, consumer protection, copyright protection of content online, and domain names, with a focus on contemporary social issues and critical perspectives.

It discusses the recent developments in this dynamic field of law, regulatory challenges, future perspectives and ethical quandaries. Debates in the field are identified and possibilities for law reform explored. Domestic case studies are used, however, keeping in mind the international nature of internet, some comparison is made between Australian and foreign laws and policies.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main legal principles, rules, legislation and case authorities of Internet law in Australia and other jurisdictions (where appropriate).

2. Understand and critically evaluate the broad policy underpinnings of Internet law, and the relationship between Internet law and society.

3. Demonstrate autonomy in carrying out research of specialised legal and policy issues relating to internet regulation.

4. Demonstrate critical thinking and analysis in the formulation of legal arguments.

5. Present legal information in written and oral forms.


1. Perspectives on internet regulation

2. Prohibited content online

3. Privacy and personal data protection

4. E-commerce/E-contracts

 5. Digital copyright and intermediary liability for copyright infringements

6. Trademark protection and enforcement online

7. Domain names and online dispute resolution


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, or the Master of Laws or the Master of Cyber Security.

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quiz

Written Assignment: Essay

Presentation: Audio-visual Assignment: Presentation

Contact hours


Online Activity

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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