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Unit Overview


A thorough understanding of jurisdiction is vital before commencing proceedings in any court. Chapter III of the Commonwealth Constitution and Commonwealth legislation enacted pursuant to Chapter III vests federal jurisdiction in courts and, in so doing, grants courts with the relevant authority to decide a ‘matter'. This unit will focus on the history of federal jurisdiction, the key concepts necessary for a working understanding of federal jurisdiction and the significance of its operation within the Australian federation. Students will acquire a practical understanding of how federal jurisdiction operates by analysing a range of High Court decisions and case studies.

6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the history, nature and sources of federal jurisdiction

; (2) analyse the implication of federal jurisdiction for federal, state and territory laws and the common law

; (3) demonstrate an appreciation of when federal jurisdiction is engaged

; and (4) explain how federal jurisdiction operates using case examples.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) particpation; (2) research proposal; and (3) research paper. 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)
Adjunct Professor Robert French (AC)
Contact hours
This unit will run 29 September - 2 October. Students must attend every day of the intensive period.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • 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.