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|
- The prescribed text is Sanson, M, 2016, Statutory Interpretation, 2nd editio . Students who already have the 2012 first edition may continue to use it and page references have been included for both editions in the study guide: Sanson, M, 2016, Statutory Interpretation, 2nd, Oxford, Melbourne. ISBN: 9780190304577.
Teaching and assessment
|Tutorial online 2 hours (6 weeks)|
|Exam: take home||60%|
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3
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