Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2015


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Previously coded as LAW7245

Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.


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 completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge, and understanding, of the technical foundation of electronic commerce with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to e-commerce systems for government, business, consumers and citizens in conducting their transactions electronically.
  • Conduct research in electronic commerce law based on knowledge of appropriate research principle and methods.
  • Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to electronic commerce law.


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

Workload requirements

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.