Core Compulsory Units

Four compulsory core unit

  • 200901.1 Legal Philosophy and Methodology
  • 200902.1 International Corporate Governance
  • 200903.1 Global Governance and Sustainability
  • 200904.1 International Governance Dissertation

Subjects Offered in Spring 2016

Legal Philosophy and Methodology (200901.1)

This unit introduces the idea that Law is value laden and is not value free, is autochthonous as well as porous, and has a symbiotic relationship with the philosophical, social, political, and economic fabric of society, which is more so in a globalised world. This is one of four core new units in course Master of Laws (International Governance). This unit will prepare law students from both Common Law and Civil Code jurisdictions to engage in sophisticated interdisciplinary legal research.

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This unit will be co-taught by a leading group of academics including Prof Donna Craig, A/Prof Scott Mann, Dr Catherine Renshaw, Prof Razeen Sappideen, Dr Kate Sainsbury, Prof Steven Freeland, Prof Carolyn Sappideen, Prof Michael Adams and law librarian David Sinfield.  

International Corporate Governance (200902.1)

The unit examines how the concept of corporate governance has developed around the main legal systems and markets. The focus is on listed (traded) companies. The unit applies OECD principles with the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) as a comparison with China, India, USA, UK, NZ and other relevant markets in the Asia-Pacific region. Additional topics of market manipulation, insider trading, corporate social responsibility, white-collar crime, minority shareholder protection are included as part of the corporate governance debate.

Subjects Offered in Autumn & Spring 2017

Global Governance and Sustainability (200903.1)

The Unit examines how the globalisation of financial markets, relaxation of investment restrictions and liberalisation of the goods and services markets have impacted on the traditional role played by the State and by international organisations on the one hand, and in the increase in power and influence of multinational corporations (State owned or otherwise), private foundations and private interest groups on the other. Examined in this context is the retreat of the State in its role as a regulator of activity and an increase in reliance on private enterprise to provide services as well as the infrastructure needs to the community, in some countries defene and ancillary needs, as well as the adoption of extra judicial dispute settlement processes in resolving disputes between its nationals and non-nationals. These developments have seen the emergence of a wide array of non-governmental actors as providers, arbiters, and countervailing forces providing voice. All of these developments raise issues of accountability, responsibility, transparency, as well as legitimacy.

International Governance Dissertation (200904.1)

This unit comprises the preparation of a research dissertation, of between 10,000 - 15,000 words, on a novel and/or in-depth study related to International Governance. The unit provides an opportunity for Master of Laws students to further develop and refine their legal research and writing skills and to explore and analyse a legal topic of international governance. It also requires the student to undertake a literature review, submission of a research proposal, upon acceptance of which the dissertation is written under supervision. The dissertation should be of sufficient quality for acceptance for publication in the online Journal of International Governance, hosted by UWS School of Law

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