Subject LAWS50066 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 5 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
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


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours: 1 x 3-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks.
Total Time Commitment: 144 hours.
Prerequisites: 733-510 Legal Method and Reasoning; 733-512 Torts; 733-513 Obligations; 733-514 Dispute Resolution; 733-517 Property; 733-516 Contracts.
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.

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Prof Andrew F. Christie


Melbourne Law School Student Centre
Tel: +61 3 8344 4475
Subject Overview: A simple definition of cyberspace is the online world of computer networks, especially the Internet. This subject examines two major points of connection between the law and cyberspace: how transactions in cyberspace are regulated; and how (intellectual) property rights in cyberspace are enforced. Specific topics include: governing the Internet; jurisdiction and dispute resolution in cyberspace; controlling online content; electronic privacy; cybersquatting; digital copyright.

On completion of this subject, students should:

  • Understand the basic architectural and technical features of the Internet;
  • Recognise how content, privacy and contracting is regulated in cyberspace;
  • Know how the law protects trade marks and copyright material in cyberspace.
Assessment: Take-home exam (100%).
Prescribed Texts: Printed materials will be available from the Melbourne Law School.
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 capacity to:

  • Appreciate the policy challenges of applying traditional legal principles to actions undertaken in complex technological environments;
  • Solve practical legal problems requiring application of national laws to actions undertaken in multi-jurisdictional environments.

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