LAWS90091 Global Administrative Law

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start 22-Feb-2017
Teaching Period 22-Mar-2017 to 28-Mar-2017
Assessment Period End 21-Jun-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 27-Feb-2017
Census Date 22-Mar-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 12-May-2017

This subject has a quota of 30 students. Please refer to the Melbourne Law Masters website for further information about the management of subject quotas and waitlists.

Timetable can be viewed here.
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24-26 hours
Total Time Commitment:

136-150 hours

The pre-teaching period commences four weeks before the subject commencement date. From this time, students are expected to access and review the Reading Guide that will be available from the LMS subject page and the subject materials provided by the subject coordinator, which will be available from Melbourne Law School. Refer to the Reading Guide for confirmation of which resources need to be read and what other preparation is required before the teaching period commences.


Melbourne Law Masters Students: Prior study in administrative law or relevant experience.

JD Students: Successful completion of the below subject:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Applicants without legal qualifications should note that subjects are offered in the discipline of law at an advanced graduate level. While every effort will be made to meet the needs of students trained in other fields, concessions will not be made in the general level of instruction or assessment. Most subjects assume the knowledge usually acquired in a degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent). Applicants should note that admission to some subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters will be dependent upon the individual applicant’s educational background and professional experience.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

The Melbourne Law Masters welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The inherent academic requirements for study in the Melbourne Law Masters are:

  • The ability to attend a minimum of 75% of classes and actively engage in the analysis and critique of complex materials and debate;
  • The ability to read, analyse and comprehend complex written legal materials and complex interdisciplinary materials;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate in writing a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and to critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate orally a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to work independently and as a part of a group;
  • The ability to present orally and in writing legal analysis to a professional standard.

Students who feel their disability will inhibit them from meeting these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact Student Equity and Disability Support.



Professor Paul Craig, Coordinator

Email: law-masters@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 8344 6190
Website: law.unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

There are many bodies that exercise regulatory power at the global level. Some are traditional international bodies where the principal players are nation states. Many are transnational bodies where the principal players range from national regulators to private firms. This leads to questions as to how to legitimate and render such power accountable. The possibility of developing principles of global administrative law is one response. This subject will examine the scope of global administrative law as it currently exists, the potential for further development and the problems, both practical and conceptual, that will have to be overcome if this is to be done. The subject will include two case studies of particular international and transnational bodies, and the way in which principles of global administrative law might enhance accountability.

Principal topics include:

  • The rationale for global regulation
  • An overview of international and transnational regulatory bodies
  • The arguments for and against development of principles of global administrative law
  • The procedural and substantive content of such principles
  • Case study of the World Trade Organization
  • Case study of the International Organization for Standardisation.
Learning Outcomes:

A student who has successfully completed this subject will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the nature and rationale for global regulation; the extent to which such regulatory power is currently constrained by administrative law principles; and the extent to which this could be further enhanced
  • Be able to critically evaluate whether principles developed at national level can be applied to the global regulatory environment; they will be taught the kinds of questions that need to be posed when thinking about the application of such principles at the global level
  • Have an excellent foundation for further independent study, more especially because the subject will cover case studies of particular organisations.
  • Class participation (10%)

  • Take-home examination (5,000 - 6,000 words) (90%) (5 - 8 May 2017)
  • 7,500 - 9,000 word research paper (90%) (21 June 2017) on a topic approved by the subject coordinator

A minimum of 75% attendance is a hurdle requirement.

Prescribed Texts:

Specialist printed materials will be made available free of charge from the Melbourne Law School prior to the pre-teaching period.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information: law.unimelb.edu.au
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Government Law
Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies
Juris Doctor
Master of Laws
Master of Public and International Law

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