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Unit Overview


This unit will examine and analyse advanced topics in public law from the perspective of a particular and changing theme from contemporary public law practice. The emphasis of the unit will be upon current public law controversies, theories and cases drawing from a range of legal fields including administrative law and constitutional law.

The chosen overarching unit theme will vary but may include:

1) Development of public law

2) Proportionality/Reasonableness

3) Deference and restraint

4) Rights protections and procedural guarantees

5) Public law institutions and institutional theory

6) Comparative public law

7) Public law advocacy and resolving public law disputes

8) The exercise of power in times of emergency (terrorism/ pandemics/ climate change/ natural disasters or times of conflict)

9) Public law theory and theories of constitutional interpretation

10) Regulation and public law

11) The frontiers of public law

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) describe and critically evaluate the nature, scope and implications of advanced public law issues by reference to the nominated overarching unit theme

; (2) identify and critically evaluate legal issues from the perspective of diverse and intersecting public law fields; (3) engage in self-directed legal research to create an autonomous piece of original legal writing on a relevant topic for the unit

; (4) communicate clearly in written and oral form an advanced understanding of the

legal principles, theories and cases relevant to the nominated overarching unit theme; and (5) identify, describe and evaluate potential public law reforms and/or innovations relevant to the nominated overarching unit theme.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research assignment; (2) class participation; and (3) assignment proposal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Sarah Murray
Unit rules
LAWS5101 Constitutional Law (ID 4089)
and LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law (ID 4097)
and LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering (ID 4099)
and LAWS4102 Criminal Law (ID 4093)
and LAWS4103 Contract (ID 4090)
and LAWS4106 Torts (ID 4104)
and LAWS4107 Land Law (ID 4098)
and LAWS4104 Property (ID 4102)
and LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
LAWS5102 Administrative Law (ID 4087)
Enrolment in
LAWS6209 Advanced Public Law
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.