The course will deepen student understanding of the application and purposes of public law with particular analysis of criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, and administrative law.

The course aims to provide an overview of public law to non-law graduates and law graduates with a civil law background. Public law centres on the relationship between government and individuals and between government institutions themselves. The course examines the key features of public law including:

  • constitutional law (including the central provisions of the Australian and Queensland constitutions, federalism, the separation of powers, parliamentary sovereignty, executive and executive accountability, and democracy and representative government);
  • administrative law (including its theoretical basis, the differences between merits and judicial review, and accountability through legislative initiatives such as freedom of information and ombudsmen); and
  • criminal law and procedure (including the general principles underlying the Queensland Criminal Code, the classification of offences and defences, and criminal procedure from arrest right through to trial (and possible appeal).

Mr Gregory Dale

Gregory Dale

Greg is currently undertaking a doctorate which is a comparative study of proceeds of crime laws in common law jurisdictions. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia and worked as the Associate to the Chief Justice of Western Australia for 2 years. He has published in the areas of torts and comparative law and is particular interested in the role of emotions in the legal system.



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Semester long