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Corruption Law and Policy - JURD7913

Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  School of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: Academic Program must be either 9200, 9210, 5740 or 9230
Excluded: LAWS8012
Fee Band:   (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


Anti-Corruption Law and Policy seeks to introduce students to the legal and cultural meaning of corruption in different societies and the increasing trend of applying a western concept of corruption to the developing world. The course will consider global efforts to deal with corruption through international treaties and agreements. This will also include consideration of economic theories of how corruption impacts on developing economies.

The course will also consider anti-corruption laws and bodies that have been established in Australian and particularly in NSW. Each stage of this history has been a response to some major public scandal. The class will consider the extraordinary law enforcement powers that have been granted to these bodies, some of which run counter to the rule of law. Case studies of corruption and vice will be covered.

LLM Specialisation

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Recommended Prior Knowledge

Candidates are expected to have completed some Criminal law related courses at the Undergraduate or Juris Doctor level (e.g. UNSW Juris Doctor courses JURD7101 Criminal Law 1 & JURD7111 Criminal Law 2, or equivalent)

Course Objectives

This course aims to:
  • To provide students with an appreciation of different cultural concepts of corruption.
  • Assist students to understand the international legal framework of anti-corruption instruments and agreement.
  • Give students an awareness of the social costs of corruption and the policy arguments about how it should be dealt with.
  • Provide students with an understanding of historical examples of corruption in Australian public institutions and how they have driven policy in this area.
  • Provide students a working knowledge of anti-corruption laws and bodies in Australia and NSW.

Main Topics

  • Historical and philosophical underpinnings of international anti-corruption law.
  • Corruption in developing nations and economies.
  • Australian Anti-Corruption laws and bodies.
  • Corruption case studies.


Class participation and attendance(Preparation and engagement in class) 10%
In class seminar 20%
Essay(5000 words) 70%

Course Texts


Refer to Course Outline provided by lecturer at the beginning of the relevant semester.
Refer to Course Outline provided by lecturer at the beginning of the relevant semester.


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