Examines the rules and principles of statutory interpretation, including: the purposive approach to construction, parliamentary intention and interpretive techniques, the use of intrinsic and extrinsic materials, the traditional common law approaches and statutory presumptions such as non-interference with fundamental rights. Also considers the special rules relating to the interpretation of other instruments such as the Australian Constitution, codes and delegated legislation.
Topic 1 Introduction to Statutory Interpretation
Topic 2 Creation of Legislation
Topic 3 Interpretation Legislation
Topic 4 Context and Purpose
Topic 5 Intention and Interpretive Techniques
Topic 6 Intrinsic Materials
Topic 7 Extrinsic Materials
Topic 8 Traditional Common Law Approaches
Topic 9 Statutory Presumptions
Topic 10 Fundamental and Human Rights and International Law
Topic 11 Interpreting Specific Instruments
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||identify the rules and principles relating to statutory interpretation in Australia||Intellectual rigour|
|2||apply the relevant legal rules and principles to the resolution of hypothetical scenarios relating to statutory interpretation||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||demonstrate a high level of skill in the reading and interpretation of statutes and other instruments||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||analyse and explain the reasoning behind a particular interpretation of a statute||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||demonstrate an ability to explain the relevant legal rules and principles in clear and logical language.||Communication and social skills|
- Sanson, M, 2012, Statutory Interpretation, Oxford, Melbourne. ISBN: 9780195568684.
Teaching and assessment
|Lecture online 1 hour (12)|
|Exam: take home||60%|
Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3
Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.