Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Statutory interpretation is the branch of law governing the determination by the courts of the legal meaning and effect of legislation. This unit examines the law and practice of statutory interpretation systematically and in depth. The concepts, interpretative criteria, and techniques of the common law are examined together with federal and state interpretation legislation. In addition to developing students' skills in interpreting legislation, the subject also develops skills in legal research, in the drafting of legal instruments, and in writing legal opinions.

FacultyFaculty of Business, Economics and Law

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJeffrey Barnes

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1LIM


Incompatible subjects LAW3ASI

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Must be admitted to any Bachelor of Laws UG degree or have permission from Law Director of Programs

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsStatutory Interpretation Supplementary Materials, relevant yearPrescribedJ BarnesLA TROBE UNIVERSITY
ReadingsUnderstanding Common Law Legislation: Drafting and InterpretationPrescribedF A R BennionOXFORD: OUP, 2009
ReadingsStatutory Interpretation PrinciplesRecommendedPerry Herzfeld and Thomas PrinceSYDNEY: THOMSON REUTERS, 2014

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size410

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJeffrey Barnes

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
End-of-semester assignment, maximum 2,800 words75
Tutorial assignments, maximum 2,000 words in total15