This course explores the nature of constitutional government by studying how the constitutional arrangements of different states – especially Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States – frame and discipline the exercise of public power.

We will examine questions of institutional design including legislative-executive relations, federalism and devolution, bicameralism and judicial review, and explore how constitutions change, how judges (and others) interpret the constitution, and how/if comparative constitutional law itself should inform these processes.

You will be challenged to consider the foundations of constitutional law and practice, the idea of constitutionalism, and constitutional principles including the separation of powers and the rule of law.

Topic: 
Transnational Legal Issues
Duration: 
Semester-long
Location:
UQ St Lucia (view map)
Enrolment options: 
CPD
Cost: 
$2060

Topics covered

  • the political foundations of constitutions
  • types of constitution
  • constitution-making and constituent power
  • sources of constitutional law and practice
  • political vs legal constitutionalism
  • the principle of the separation of powers
  • the principle of the rule of law
  • parliamentary vs presidential systems
  • bicameralism
  • federalism and devolution
  • international law and the constitution
  • amendment
  • constitutional interpretation
  • strong and weak-form judicial review
  • proportionality and rights adjudication
  • statutory interpretation and the constitution

Who is the course designed for

Our CPD courses are available to professionals interested in contemporary legal issues.

Whether you're looking to acquire CPD points, expand your knowledge in a specific area of the law, or gain a general understanding of legal issues impacting your profession, our courses will equip you to go further in every possible future.

Style of learning

Our courses are delivered in collaborative, seminar-style teaching environments, in the award-winning Forgan Smith building.

Our CPD participants benefit from small class sizes which encourage group discussion and debate, and 1-on-1 access to industry experts and leading researchers.

Location

This course is delivered at UQ St Lucia campus.

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This course is part of the Masters of Laws postgraduate program.

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Upcoming sessions

6 March 2019 2:00pm4:00pm
13 March 2019 2:00pm4:00pm
20 March 2019 2:00pm4:00pm
27 March 2019 2:00pm4:00pm
3 April 2019 2:00pm4:00pm
10 April 2019 2:00pm4:00pm
17 April 2019 2:00pm4:00pm
1 May 2019 2:00pm4:00pm
8 May 2019 2:00pm4:00pm
15 May 2019 2:00pm4:00pm
22 May 2019 2:00pm4:00pm
29 May 2019 2:00pm4:00pm
Professor Nicholas Aroney

CPD enrolment closes two weeks prior to the course start date.

No entry requirements apply, you are not required to submit assessment and your course participation cannot be used as academic credit towards a degree qualification.

Our courses count toward Queensland Law Society Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points if you can demonstrate relevance to your legal practice.