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Electronic Commerce Law & Practice - JURD7344
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  Faculty 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 JD (9150) Co: JURD7211
Excluded: LAWS8044, LEGT5421
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 3 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This course examines how and to what extent law (and other sources of regulation) controls the mechanisms which facilitate electronic commerce. The course considers the regulation of electronic commerce from the point of view of a relatively broad range of legal topic areas, from concepts of private international law in the assumption of jurisdiction over online transactions, to the regulatory and contractual framework for electronic commerce, to issues such as domain name regulation, online consumer protection, payment systems, e-security and cybercrime. Throughout the course, various themes recur, such as: the role of technology in facilitating electronic transactions and shaping appropriate laws; self-regulatory and co-regulatory models; the emergence of international standards; and problems of jurisdiction and regulatory ‘arbitrage’.

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Objectives

  • To examine the role of technology in facilitating electronic transactions and shaping appropriate laws
  • To consider the value of self-regulatory and co-regulatory models in regulating electronic commerce
  • To examine the emergence of international standards in ecommerce law
  • To consider problems of jurisdiction and regulatory "arbitrage" in electronic commerce law

Main Topics

  • Electronic Commerce regulatory structure and sources of law
  • Electronic Commerce Jurisdiction 1 - The Hague Convention and other International agreements
  • Electronic Commerce Jurisdiction 2 - Case law
  • Online contract formation 1 - the Electronic Transactions Act
  • Online contract formation 2 - common law and international instruments
  • Electronic authentication of individuals, organisations and objects (and their attributes)
  • International case study - Ecommerce legal infrastructure in ASEAN
  • Online dispute resolution
  • Online business conduct - Codes of conduct and regulations
  • Cyber-crime
  • Online payment systems and transactions
  • Security and the determination of liability for unauthorised access and transactions


Class participation 10%
Briefing note  2,500 words 20%
Research essay 5,000 words 70%

Course Texts


Recommended textbooks and resources:
•Akindemowo, O, Information Technology Law in Australia (LBC, 2001 (2nd ed))
•Fitzgerald, A et al, CyberLaw (Butterworths, 2002)
•Fitzgerald, A et al (eds), Going Digital 2000: Legal Issues for Electronic Commerce, Software and the Internet (Prospect Publishing, 2000)
•Fitzgerald, B et al, Internet and e-Commerce Law - Technology, Law and Policy (Thomson, 2007)
•Lawrence, A, The Law of Ecommerce (LexisNexis, 2003 (looseleaf))
•Lim, YF, Cyberspace Law: Commentaries and Materials (OUP, 2007 (2nd ed))
•Smith, G, Internet Law and Regulation (Sweet & Maxwell, 2002 (3rd ed))
•Online course materials


Please refer to course outline.

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