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LAWS77-556: Information Technology and the Law


Information Technology and the Law is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject explores ways in which the law has adapted, or is likely to adapt, to developments in information technology. The issues discussed vary from year to year, depending on what is topical at the time. Examples of issues studied include the development and regulation of the Internet; globalisation and cross-border jurisdiction; freedom of information and data privacy; liability of Internet Service Providers and the protection of computer technology through intellectual property rights. The approach is international and comparative where appropriate. Upon completion of the subject, students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of topical legal issues relating to the Internet and information technology through their ability to critically analyse and resolve relevant problems both orally and in writing.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,310
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,450

Learning outcomes

1. Students will be able to describe topical legal issues in the field of information and communications technology. 2. Students will be able to understand, summarise and analyse the strengths and weaknesses of different views on each legal issue. 3. Students will have had practice at listening to others express their ideas, refining their own ideas and communicating their ideas both orally and in writing. 4. Students will have had practice at applying their knowledge and skills in analysing new situations and defending their arguments.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Juris Doctor students are expected to have completed a minimum of 80 credit points of compulsory law subjects.

Restrictions: ?
  • Study Abroad Students

Students must be into a Masters law degree OR LA-43040 Doctor of Legal Science (Research) OR be an approved Law Study Abroad or Law Exchange student.

Anti-requisites: ?

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start20/09/2021
Cancellation 1?30/09/2021
Cancellation 2?02/10/2021
Last enrolment28/09/2021
Withdraw – Financial?09/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?21/10/2021
Teaching census?08/10/2021