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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on international and transnational practice. It takes students beyond the traditional Australian and common law concentration. Students are introduced to legal systems from other countries, explore strategies for international research, and develop skills necessary to practice in different cultures and systems, and to interact with clients and lawyers from other jurisdictions.

This unit aims to introduce students to the increasingly important implications of practicing global law, and understanding the impact of digital technologies in legal practice and in the lawyer's own professional identity, including the impact of social media. It seeks to make students aware of the opportunities in international practice as the role of traditional lawyering is broadened, as well as the responsibilities of being a global, digital lawyer.

Students start by exploring the origin of transnational practice, highlighting the importance of today's lawyer engaging in global practice. They are then introduced to the ethical concerns and responsibilities involved in being an international lawyer, before moving onto an overview of the domestic legal systems of important players in the international legal arena. A discussion of the impact of global legal practice on minorities within the legal community encourages students to think of the larger socio-economic implications of cross-border practice. International management and firm operation is dealt with as students are challenged with the problem of how to maintain local identity while providing international service.

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

Students are able to (1) analyse the role of the lawyer within diverse legal systems in a global context; (2) critique transnational legal practice from the perspective of ethics and accountability; (3) evaluate the role of digital technologies in transnational and domestic legal practice; and (4) integrate diverse elements of transnational legal practice to build a personal profile indicative of a skilled global lawyer.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class participation; (2) reflective writing; and (3) critical analysis task. 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)
Kate Galloway
Unit rules
Enrolment in
20820 Juris Doctor
and LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and five Unit(s) ( LAWS4102 Criminal Law
, LAWS4103 Contract
, LAWS4104 Property
, LAWS4106 Torts
, LAWS4107 Land Law
, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law and ( LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
or LAWS4110 Interpretation
) )
Approved quota: 60—first come first serve
Contact hours
5 full days
Classes will not be recorded and attendance at all sessions is mandatory.

Kate Galloway, Melissa Castan and John Flood, “The Global Lawyer” (Lexisnexis, 2020)

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