CTLS Program

Subject LAWS50043 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 50
Level: 5 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

This subject will be taught entirely in London.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Not applicable.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 733-511 Principles of Public Law; 733-518 Legal Theory; 733-521 Administrative Law.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: None.
Non Allowed Subjects: None.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills, and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

The University is dedicated to providing support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/.


Dr Jacqueline Horan


Melbourne Law School Student Centre
Email: law-studentcentre@unimelb.edu.au
Tel: +61 3 8344 4475
Subject Overview:

This subject addresses the need for law graduates to have experience in, and be comfortable dealing with, legal problems that cross national boundaries, legal systems and legal cultures. Whether law graduates are looking to work in commercial law, intellectual property, taxation, human rights law, labour law or any other field, international and transnational law will be an essential aspect of their work.

The Centre for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS) is a joint venture of leading global law schools, coordinated by Georgetown University’s Law Centre. From September 2008 it will teach semester length programmes in transnational legal studies in the heart of London’s legal quarter. The programme will bring together faculty and students from several of the world’s top law schools to study transnational legal issues in a multicultural and transnational setting. Melbourne law School JD students may attend the Centre for an intensive semester focussed on transnational, international and comparative law in the fourth semester of the JD programme.

Each year the programme will be taught by faculty from each of the law schools involved in the CTLS, including Free University of Berlin, the University of Fribourg, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, King’s College London, the University of Melbourne, the National University of Singapore, the University of Sao Paolo, the University of Torino and the University of Toronto. Students will be drawn from these universities and others, providing a richly diverse student body.

Melbourne Law School students will undertake a core course focused on transnational legal theory and three optional subjects from the suite of subjects on offer. Several classes will be co-taught by professors from different countries, to facilitate comparative analysis and discussion. The program will also include a weekly workshop featuring some of the world’s leading scholars and practitioners of international, transnational, and comparative law, and participatory exercise to introduce students to each other and to the different perspectives that they bring to the Centre. Subjects that are expected to be taught include: The Law of Work in the Global Economy; Transnational Issues in Art, Culture, and Law; The Theory and Practice of Copyright Law: Comparative Transnational Aspects; International Investment Law; Globalisation; Governance and Justice; Contract theory in Comparative Perspective.

Objectives: Details not available at time of publication.
Assessment: Each subject taught in the CTLS program will have an individual assessment regime. The Melbourne Law School will be in a position to advise when assessment details are made available.
Prescribed Texts: Students may be required to purchase texts relating to individual areas of study.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Attitudes towards knowledge that include valuing truth, openness to new ideas and ethics associated with knowledge creation and usage;
  • The capacity for close reading and analysis of a range of sources;
  • The capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection;
  • The capacity to solve problems, including through the collection and evaluation of information;
  • The capacity to communicate, both orally and in writing;
  • The capacity to plan and manage time;
  • Intercultural sensitivity and understanding.
Notes: Students are selected into this subject via an application process. Please refer to the Law School subject page for application information.

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