This course will compare the constitutional structures of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and NZ. The focus will be on the effects of Bills of Rights (including their absence), judicial interpretive approaches, the consequences of federalism, and the differences -- if any -- between written and unwritten constitutions.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 course dates are subject to change.

Topic: 
Transnational Legal Issues
Duration: 
4 days (31 August; 17, 14, 21 September)
Location:
UQ St Lucia (view map)
Enrolment options: 
CPD | Award | Non-Award
Cost: 
$2170

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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Enrolment options

 Register for Continuing Professional Development

No entry requirements apply, you are not required to submit assessment, and your course participation may not be used as academic credit towards a qualification. Our courses count toward Queensland Law Society Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points if you can demonstrate relevance to your legal practice. Registration closes 2 weeks before the course starts.

Register as a CPD student


 Enrol as a non-award student

To gain academic credit, you can apply to enrol as a ‘non-award’ student. Your enrolment is called ‘non-award’ because you are not seeking to be awarded a qualification at this point. As a non-award student, you will be required to do course assessment and will gain academic credit for successfully completing the course. You may seek credit for the course if you enrol in a program in the future.

Apply for entry as a non-award student


 Enrol as a part of a Masters degree program

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