Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the theoretical and methodological tools to explore the connection between law and international development. What is the role of the law in the fight against global poverty? What is (or should be) the contribution of the law to social and economic development? What are the key differences between bottom-up and top-down approaches to development, and why do they matter? We will analyse these questions at the international and domestic levels, discussing practical considerations whenever possible. An emphasis will be made in developing countries, usually depicted as lacking proper rule of law - where human rights abuses are too common, corruption is rampant and public officers are not accountable for their misdeeds. To what extent is this bleak description accurate across the developing world? How has the scenario changed in the last two decades?

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRaul Sanchez-Urribarri

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Legal Studies subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities or Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects LST2LID; LST2LDC; LST3LDC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsWeekly readings available via LMS and/or e-reserve in the libraryPrescribedN/AN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRaul Sanchez-Urribarri

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
One 1000-word case-study25
One 1000-word reaction paper25
One two-hour examination (2000 word equivalent)50