Faculty of Law

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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





  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit examines the origin, nature and operation of Asian legal systems. A general overview of these systems, including sources of law and legal institutions, is followed by a closer examination of the legal system of at least one Asian country.
Legal pluralism will provide the conceptual framework for the course. In depth coverage of one Asian country will concentrate on significant legal topics, such as constitutional and administrative law, criminal law, commercial law, trade and investment law, legal institutions and the local legal profession.


On completion of this unit, students should have:

  1. extended their general understanding of the main Asian legal systems;
  2. acquired an appreciation of the historical and cultural contexts that have shaped such systems;
  3. an ability to compare aspects of Asian law and legal institutions with Australian counterparts;
  4. gained a greater understanding of how Australian lawyers might adapt when dealing with Asian legal institutions and legal professionals; and
  5. improved legal research and writing skills.


Examination 1.5 hours 50%; research paper (3200 words) 40%; class participation 10% OR examination 3 hours 90% and class participation 10%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 OR LAW1104; LAW2100 or LAW2101 and LAW2102; LAW3300 or LAW3301 and LAW3302