Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to aspects of the legal system that regulate the dead, death and dying. Students will examine theories, practices and procedures of coronial law, forensic medicine, medical law and related professions in Australia. It will investigate the distinctive roles of the coroner, forensic pathologist and medical practitioner during the death investigation process to equip students with the knowledge and necessary skills to effectively participate in the inquisitorial jurisdiction. Students may also explore other areas of the legal regulation of death, such as laws regulating cemeteries and the right to burial, organ donation, abortion law, euthanasia and assisted suicide, and the intersection between legal, social and cultural approaches to death.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarc Trabsky

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesLCR1CLC OR LAW1CRL


Incompatible subjectsLAW5IIC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Various readings will be provided via the LMS

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended






Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Evaluate legal and policy problems using appropriate doctrine in coronial law and academic scholarship
02. Critically analyse historical, social, ethical, religious and cultural implications of laws regulating the dead, death and dying
03. Identify, use and appraise research material relevant to the operation and reform of laws regulating the dead, death and dying

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