LAW4126 - Asian legal systems - 2017

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.



Unit guides



  • Term 3 2017 (Day)


This unit is designed to examine contemporary issues in the Asian legal systems. It will examine the Asian perspectives on the rule of law, the court reform, constitutionalism, security and human rights, legal pluralism, corruption and the issue of law and development. Students in this subject will gain a comparative overview of the legal systems of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, with reference to other Asian countries as appropriate.


On completion of this unit, students should have:

  1. demonstrated an advanced knowledge of the main and current issues of the Asian legal systems;
  2. identified and articulated complex legal issues in which economic, political, cultural and ethical values shape the development of law in Asia;
  3. articulated and critically compared aspects of Asian law and legal institutions with Australian counterparts;
  4. recognised and reflected on how Australian lawyers might adapt when dealing with Asian legal institutions and legal professionals.


Malaysia attendance requirement: Students who fail to attend at least 80% of the classes in this unit (ie who miss 3 or more classes) will receive a result of 0 N for the unit. Students who are unable to meet this requirement due to severe illness or other exceptional circumstances must make an application for in-semester special consideration with supporting documentation.

  1. Class participation marks: 10%
  2. Research Essay 1500 words: 30%
  3. Take Home Exam: 60%

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