LAWS5102 Administrative Law

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit builds upon the content of LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, and explores the principles and procedures of judicial review, under which the exercise of executive government power is supervised. This is a field which is continually challenged by the complexity and changing nature of government and by shifting political priorities. In addition to gaining an understanding of specific legal principles and cases, students engage with the broader considerations and contexts that shape the law in this area.
Students are able to (1) apply administrative law principles to solve complex hypothetical legal problems relating to judicial review of administrative action; (2) explain the competing obligations that attend public sector decision-making and the ethical issues related to the involvement of marginalised peoples in administrative law processes; (3) explain the broader policy considerations that shape administrative law; (4) critically analyse case law, statutes, research and scholarship relating to administrative law; (5) evaluate developments in contentious or uncertain areas of administrative law with regard to administrative law principles and the broader context in which administrative law operates; and (6) construct clear and persuasive oral and written legal arguments that are supported by appropriate primary and secondary sources.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research assignment; (2) tutorial participation; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Julie Falck
Unit rules
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law
Contact hours
up 4 hours per week

Further information regarding recommended texts will be published in the Unit Outline. Students should check the Unit Outline before purchasing textbooks.

Robin Creyke et al, Control of Government Action: Text, Cases & Commentary (LexisNexis Butterworths, 5th ed, 2019).

Judith Bannister, Anna Olijnyk and Stephen McDonald, Government Accountability: Australian Administrative Law (Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed, 2018).

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