Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2013



This unit analyses electronic commerce law as a form of commercial law that incorporates technological innovation and reflects the globalisation of markets. A foundation for analysing specific laws is provided by introducing the idea of an emerging 'global lex mercatoria', providing an overview of the technology used in electronic commerce, introducing some basic electronic commerce business models, and comparing diverse national responses to the growth of electronic commerce. Specific laws governing electronic signatures and other identity management systems, electronic contracting, electronic payments will be analysed in light of those foundational concepts. The unit may also consider related competition and trade practices issues, consumer protection, information privacy, electronic commerce security and jurisdiction.


On successful completion of this unit, students should:

  1. understand the technical foundation of electronic commerce;
  2. understand the policy issues posed by e-commerce systems for government, business, consumers and citizens in conducting their transactions electronically;
  3. know the basic framework of laws governing electronic signatures and other identity management systems, electronic contracting, electronic payments, information privacy and information security law relevant to electronic commerce;
  4. understand the costs and benefits of using national law reform as a strategy to promote the use of electronic commerce; and
  5. have developed skills of legal research and oral presentation of legal policy, rules and argument in an interactive seminar context.


Reseach paper (3,750 words): 50%
Take-home examination (3,000 words): 40%
Class participation: 10%.

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Contact hours

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements). Students will be expected to do reading set for class, and to undertake additional research and reading applicable to a 6 credit point unit.