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New Technology Law (LAWS90107)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeLAWS90107
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This subject investigates the way in which new technological innovation is affecting almost every aspect of law and legal practice. It will provide students with an advanced understanding of the impact of new technologies on law and legal practice and develop the skills to analyse the role of law in both collaborating with and regulating new technologies. Topics will include:

  • Innovation and disruption to existing business models and the legal profession (both in terms of the delivery of legal solutions and the law firm operations);
  • The impact and regulation of blockchain, smart contracts, artificial intelligence, machine learning and robots and drones; and
  • The burgeoning growth of the tech industry and its relationship with traditional business models and social enterprise.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete this subject will have developed specialised skills in investigating, navigating and critiquing the new technological developments intersecting with law and legal practice.

On completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills:

  • the ability to engage with and understand the new technology both supporting and disrupting existing business and legal practices;
  • the able critically to analyse the impact of technological innovation on law and legal practice;
  • the ability to identify and analyse the law relevant to managing and regulating new technological innovation; and
  • the ability to provide advice to both legal and non-legal audiences on the relationship between new technology and law and legal practice.

Last updated: 12 September 2019