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Administrative Justice - LAWS8048
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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 must be either 9200 or 9210 or 9230 or 5740 or 9211 or 5211 or 9235 or 5235 or 9220 or 5750.
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 1 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This course provides a comprehensive coverage of the mechanisms for delivering administrative justice, including systemic issues such as access and the structuring of review and scrutiny mechanisms. The focus is on administrative decision-making and on extra-judicial means of redress for individual grievances against bodies exercising public power, including investigation and adjudication processes.

LLM Specialisation

Recommended Prior Knowledge

Administrative Law.

Course Objectives

A candidate who has successfully completed this subject should:
  • Understand the institutional framework, principles, and values of administrative justice
  • Understand the main policy, legal and regulatory issues raised by the topics for the course
  • Have a critical familiarity with the mechanisms for access to information, and review mechanisms
  • Be able to critically evaluate the information and ideas presented in the course and write a sustained and justified argument on a topic central to the course in the form of a research essay

Main Topics

  • Policy and ethical dimensions of administrative justice
  • Institutional frameworks for delivering administrative justice
  • Access issues, including language and culture, and legal assistance
  • Access to information, including reasons
  • Assessing the effectiveness of review mechanisms, including internal review, determinative and advisory review
  • The role of tribunals in delivering administrative justice


Class participation, including short notes submitted in class - 10%
Essay plan and bibliography, 1,500 words - 20%
Research paper, 5,000 words -70%

Course Texts

There is no prescribed text for this course. Required readings, texts and resources for this course will be available in a printed pack of readings available from the UNSW Bookshop, and supplemented by resources on Blackboard.

Recommended Reading
Michael Adler (ed) Administrative Justice in Context 2010, Hart Publishing


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

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