Usyd Law School Returned Assignments

  • Professor Abate’s latest book, Climate Justice: Case Studies in Global and Regional Governance Challenges, is the #1 Hot New Release in Environmental and Natural Resources Law on the Amazon Best Sellers List (see attached).  The 24-chapter edited volume, which is his fourth book in the past four years, will be released on December 23, 2016. 

    Professor Abate also contributed a chapter to the book, Atmospheric Trust Litigation in the United States: Pipe Dream or Pipeline to Justice for Future Generations? (see attached)

    The Environmental Law Institute Press webpage for the book is available here: 

    https://www.eli.org/eli-press-books/climate-justice-case-studies-global-and-regional-governance-challenges

  • Professor Abate served as the moderator for the panel, “Climate Justice: U.S. and International Perspectives,” at a climate change conference at the World Bank in Washington, DC on December 5, 2016.  The conference, “Law, Climate Change and Development,” featured more than 1300 attendees and 250 speakers from several countries.  

    The conference website is available here:  https://eventmobi.com/ljdweek2016/

  • Professor Abate served as a visiting scholar at the University of Tasmania Law School in Hobart, Australia from November 22-29, 2016.  He delivered four presentations during his visit. On November 25, Professor Abate delivered a presentation, “Ocean Iron Fertilization and Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Food: Leveraging International and Domestic Law Protections to Enhance Access to Salmon in the  Pacific Northwest,” to 35 interdisciplinary attendees at the Symposium on Marine Geoengineering: Directions for Science and Governance After the Paris Agreement (see attached photo). The symposium featured presentations from legal and scientific experts from the University of Tasmania and four other universities and governmental bodies in Australia.

    On November 28, Professor Abate delivered a faculty lecture series presentation to 20 faculty and Ph.D. students on “The Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Protections” 

    On November 29, Professor Abate delivered two video recorded lectures for use in courses at the University of Tasmania  Law School next semester on indigenous peoples law and climate change law and policy.  The first lecture was, “Introduction to Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples,” and the second lecture was, “Atmospheric Trust Litigation in the United States: Pipe Dream or Pipeline to Justice for Future Generations?”

    During his visit, Professor Abate had several meetings with the dean, faculty members who teach in the environmental law program, and Ph.D. students in climate change and ocean law to discuss possible opportunities for future collaboration.

  • Professor Abate was interviewed for two episodes of the program, “Law Matters,” on Cambridge TV during his visit to the University of Cambridge Law School on October 11-13, 2016. The program features interviews of legal experts to explore current legal issues of social relevance. The two episodes recently aired in the U.K. The first episode addresses animal rights and the relationship between animal law and environmental law. The second episode addresses climate refugees. The links for the episodes appear below.

    Animal Rights

    http://www.cambridge-tv.co.uk/law-matters-ep21/

    Climate Refugees

    http://www.cambridge-tv.co.uk/law-matter-ep-23-climate-change-refugees/

  • Professor Abate served as a visiting scholar at Bond University Law School in Gold Coast, Australia from November 16-21, 2016.

    Professor Abate delivered three presentations on November 17.  In the morning, he delivered “From Inside the Cage to Outside the Box:  Theories for Enhanced Legal Personhood Protection for Animals in the U.S. and Australia” to a group of 15 students and faculty. Professor Abate is co-authoring an article on this comparative animal law topic with a professor at Bond.  In the afternoon, he delivered, “Strategies to Advance Your Scholarly Agenda” to a small and engaged group of junior faculty. In the evening, he delivered the Twilight Seminar Series Lecture to 30 faculty, students, and members of the community on “The Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Protections.” 

    The Twilight Seminar event page is available here:  https://bond.edu.au/event/48553/faculty-law-twilight-seminar-plight-climate-refugees.

    On November 21, Professor Abate delivered a lecture, “Atmospheric Trust Litigation in the United States: Pipe Dream or Pipeline to Justice for Future Generations?,” to a small and engaged group of faculty. During his visit, he had several meetings with the dean, faculty members, student leaders, and Bond alumni environmental attorneys who teach environmental law to discuss possible opportunities for future collaboration. 

    Bond University’s website is available here: https://bond.edu.au/

  • Professor Abate delivered a presentation, “Incorporating Public Morality Considerations to Build Consensus for a Global Ban on Shark Finning,” as part of an animal and wildlife law forum at the University of Sydney Law School on November 15, 2016.  The forum featured four other leading animal and wildlife law scholars from three law schools in Australia, and a keynote speaker from the University of Munich (see attached photos).

    The description of the forum is available here:

    http://sydney.edu.au/news/law/457.html?eventcategoryid=36&eventid=11476

    The University of Sydney is the #2 ranked law school in Australia and the #11 ranked law school in the world:

    http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2016/law-legal-studies#sorting=rank+region=+country=+faculty=+stars=false+search=

  • Professor Abate served as a visiting scholar at the University of the South Pacific in Port Vila, Vanuatu from November 9-11, 2016. On November 11, he delivered a lecture, “The Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Protections,” to approximately 25 law professors, law students, and climate science and policy professionals from the community (see attached poster and photo). During his visit, he alsoparticipated in meetings with law faculty, a Fulbright Scholar from the U.S., and officials from the Ministry of Climate Change to discuss climate change and human rights issues and proposed solutions for Vanuatu.


  • Professor Abate was the keynote speaker at a conference, Environmental Law and Animal Law: Building Collaboration, at Yale Law School on November 5.  He delivered his presentation, “Animal Law and Environmental Law: Parallels and Synergies,” to approximately 75 law professors, attorneys, and law students from throughout the nation.  

    The conference website is available here:

    http://www.cvent.com/events/animal-law-and-environmental-law-building-collaborations/agenda-052958e9f48b48bc96864976d3a104ed.aspx

  • Professor Abate taught a one-credit course, Climate Justice: U.S. and International Law Perspectives,at American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from October 24-28, 2016. In addition to teaching the climate justice course, healso delivered a lecture, “The Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Protections,” to the American University of Central Asia faculty on October 25, 2016.

    Founded in 1993, the American University of Central Asia offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in many fields of study through a partnership with Bard College in the United States. Professor Abate taught his climate justice course to 25 undergraduate and graduate students in the international and business law program at the school.  The students appear with Professor Abate in the attached photo.   

    The university’s website is available here: https://www.auca.kg/en/auca_at_a_glance/.

  • Professor Abate delivered three lectures at the University of Cambridge on October 11-13. The first two lectures addressed topics in animal law.  The first lecture, “Animal Law and Environmental Law: Parallels and Synergies,” was held on October 11 as the first lecture in the Fall 2016 series, Animals, Law and Philosophy.  His second lecture, “From Inside the Cage to Outside the Box: Theories for Enhanced Legal Personhood Protection for Animals in the U.S. and Australia,” was held on October 12 as the second lecture in that series (see attached photo). The poster for the lecture series is available here:  http://www.lml.law.cam.ac.uk/documents/animals-law-philosophy

  • Professor Abate delivered a third lecture, “The Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Protections,” to 40 interdisciplinary attendees at Cambridge on October 13 as the first lecture in a seminar series hosted by the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance. The seminar series poster is available here:  http://www.ceenrg.landecon.cam.ac.uk/images/ceenrg-seminars-2016mt

    Professor Abate also delivered “The Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Protections,” to 60 interdisciplinary attendees at the University of Warwick on October 14, 

    http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/research/researchcentres/celpa/news

  • Professor Abate taught a one-credit course, Climate Justice: U.S. and International Law Perspectives, in Stetson’s Autumn in London study abroad program from September 26-Oct. 7.  Four students from FAMU are enrolled in Stetson’s London program this semester and they completed Professor Abate’s course. The students appear with Professor Abate in the attached photo.


    In addition to teaching the climate justice course, Professor Abate also delivered two lectures at universities in London and led a discussion at a law firm.

    His first lecture, “Animal Law and Environmental Law: Parallels and Synergies,” was held at Imperial College on September 22. The lecture was sponsored by Sentience Politics, an animal rights think tank based in Switzerland.

    https://sentience-politics.org/animal-law-and-environmental-law-parallels-and-synergies/

    He delivered a second lecture, “The Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Protections,” at City University Law School on October 5.

    http://www.city.ac.uk/events/2016/october/the-plight-of-climate-refugees-rising-seas,-melting-ice,-and-inadequate-legal-protections

    He also was invited to a meeting of the London Climate Change Litigation Group, which was held at the London office of the Hausfeld Law Firm, http://www.hausfeld.com/. During the meeting, climate change and human rights attorneys sought Professor Abate’s input on possible strategies for atmospheric trust and other common law climate justice cases in the U.K. to compel government action on climate change mitigation.

  • Professor Abate served as a visiting scholar at the University of Birmingham Law School (U.K.) from September 14-20, 2016. On September 15, he delivered a lecture to the faculty based on his recently published article on ocean iron fertilization and Pacific Northwest indigenous peoples’ right to access salmon.  During his visit, he alsoparticipated in several meetings with three environmental law professors and the dean of the law school (also an environmental law scholar) on climate change issues and possible future collaboration.

    On September 19, Professor Abate delivered a lecture on climate refugees to the first year law students (known in the U.K. as “the freshers”).  More than 100 students attended this optional lecture.  The event poster and a photo from thislecture are attached.

    Birmingham Climate Refugees Lecture Sept. 16, 2016

  • Professor Abate delivered a lecture on climate refugees to more than 60 attendees at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan on September 8, 2016. The abstract for his lecture appears below.  The lecture was jointly sponsored by the New School’s Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis and oikos NYC, a student organization that promotes sustainability in economics and management.  

    A blog post discussing Professor Abate’s lecture is available here: 

    http://www.newschooljournal.com/distributing-the-costs-of-climate-change/

    The Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Protections

    The Prime Minister of Tuvalu aptly described the threat of sea-level rise and the impending inundation of his island nation as a “slow and insidious form of terrorism against us.” From the Arctic to the Indian Ocean to the South Pacific, Tuvalu is one of many vulnerable nations and communities that faces the threat of imminent relocation due to climate change impacts. These populations must confront either the threat of “internal displacement” (such as indigenous communities in Alaska that must relocate to another area within Alaska to remain safe) or the threat of “transboundary displacement” (such as Pacific Island nations that must relocate their citizens to another country to remain safe). Regardless of the type of displacement at issue, one reality is disturbingly clear: existing legal protections do not address the plight of climate refugees. This presentation analyzes how international environmental law, international human rights law, and U.S. domestic law fail to protect these vulnerable and marginalized populations and proposes possible solutions to protect climate refugees.

  • Professor Abate’s article, Ocean Iron Fertilization and Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Food: Leveraging International and Domestic Law Protections to Enhance Access to Salmon in the Pacific Northwest, was published in the Spring 2016 issue of the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs.  Within the past year, Professor Abate has been invited to deliver presentations on this article in Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Switzerland, and the U.K.  The article is available here:  http://commons.law.famu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1203&context=faculty-research.

  • Professor Abate served as a Scholar-in-Residence in Global Environmental Constitutionalism at Widener University Delaware Law School from August 29-31, 2016.  During his visit, Professor Abate delivered four lectures to faculty and students on climate refugees, atmospheric trust litigation, parallels and synergies between animal law and environmental law, and the importance of administrative law for law students and environmental lawyers. Other invited participants in this program within the past year were leading environmental law scholars from Australia, Brazil, Colombia, South Africa, and several law schools in the United States including the University of North Carolina, Pace, and William & Mary.

  • Professor Abate was selected as one of five professors university-wide to receive a FAMU Sustainability Institute Faculty Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. The fellowship awards are designed to support faculty who are making outstanding research, teaching, or service contributions to the university and beyond in the area of sustainability.  A news release describing this year’s fellowship recipients is available here:  http://famunews.com/2016/08/famus-sustainability-institute-introduces-fellowship-to-advance-faculty-research/.

  • Professor Abate published Banning Metal Mining in Guatemala in the Spring 2016 issue of the Vermont Law Review.  Co-authored with Professor Raquel Aldana, the article is based on research that began when Professors Abate and Aldana joined several other legal scholars from the U.S. and Canada in a week-long trip to investigate environmental and human rights issues in Guatemala in July 2015. The article appeared in a symposium issue of the Vermont Law Review titled, “Habitat for Human Rights: Environmental Degradation and Human Rights.” 

    The article is available here:

    http://lawreview.vermontlaw.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/40VtLRev597-Aldana-Abate.pdf

  • Professor Abate was invited to serve as a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo, Ontario from July 18-21.  CIGI is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance.  Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, advances policy debate, and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements through an active agenda of research, events, and publications.  

    In addition to collaborating with several international environmental law colleagues at CIGI on issues related to climate change governance, Professor Abate delivered two presentations during his visit. The first presentation was a “lunch and learn” lecture on atmospheric trust litigation on Tuesday, July 19.  The description of his presentation is available here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cigi-lunch-and-learn-series-atmospheric-trust-litigation-in-the-us-registration-26430932631  A photo of the presentation is attached.

    After his lunch presentation, CIGI interviewed Professor Abate on the issue of atmospheric trust litigation.  The transcription of the interview is available here: https://www.cigionline.org/articles/atmospheric-trust-litigation-potential-tool-search-climate-justice-united-states

    The second presentation was a conference panel presentation on Wednesday, July 20 at a CIGI-sponsored conference, International Environmental Governance and Innovation: Current Challenges and Future Directions. Professor Abate presented on ocean iron fertilization and indigenous peoples’ right to access salmon in the Pacific Northwest.  He was on a panel that included speakers from the University of Cambridge, the University of Montreal, and Otsuma Women’s University (Japan). The conference agenda is attached.

  • Professor Abate delivered a presentation, “Atmospheric Trust Litigation in the United States: Pipe Dream or Pipeline to Justice for Future Generations?” at the 14th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law at the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway on June 22, 2016.  The Colloquium featured presentations from 320 environmental law scholars and practitioners from six continents.  The program is available here:  http://iucnael2016.no/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Final-Programme-23.06.pdf.

  • Professor Abate taught an intensive course module, Animal Law and Environmental Law: Parallels and Synergies, in the Master’s degree program in Animal Law and Society at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Autonomous University of Barcelona) on June 16 and 17. The program featured visiting scholars in animal law from U.S. law schools including Lewis & Clark, Pace, and Michigan State, and animal law practitioners from prominent nongovernmental organizations including Humane Society International and the Nonhuman Rights Project. Students in the program were lawyers and nonlegal professionals from Spain, Finland, Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, the U.K., Ireland, Chile, Bulgaria, and Italy.

  • Professor Abate served as a judge in the International Final Rounds of the International Environmental Moot Court Competition held at Stetson University College of Law on April 15.  The competition featured the top teams from regional rounds held earlier in the year in Africa, Australia, Brazil, Central and Eastern Europe, East Asia, Southeast Asia, India, Ireland, Latin America, and North America.

  • Professor Abate was invited to participate as an expert on climate change and indigenous peoples as part of the Indigenous Peoples’ Center for Documentation, Research and Information’s (Docip’s ) delegation to the 15th UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) at UN Headquarters in New York. Docip has offices in Geneva and Brussels and it works to promote human rights protections for indigenous peoples throughout the world. On May 9 and 18, Professor Abate worked with Docip to participate in meetings with representatives from states, tribes, and nongovernmental organizations regarding the need for enhanced human rights protections for indigenous peoples to respond to the impacts of climate change.  The UNPFII involved more than 1000 participants from dozens of nations.

    https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/unpfii-sessions-2/unpfii-fifteenth-session.html

  • Professor Abate delivered a lecture, “Climate Justice: Politics, Law, and Displacement,” in a Political Ecology Seminar at the University of Central Florida on Thursday, April 28.

  • Professor Abate served as a judge in the International Final Rounds of the International Environmental Moot Court Competition held at Stetson University College of Law on April 15.  The competition featured the top teams from regional rounds held earlier in the year in Africa, Australia, Brazil, Central and Eastern Europe, East Asia, Southeast Asia, India, Ireland, Latin America, and North America.

  • Professor Randall Abate delivered invited presentations at four law schools in the U.K. from March 4-9.  First, Professor Abate delivered climate justice lectures at Oxford (March 4), the University of Birmingham (March 7), and the University of the West of England – Bristol (March 9).  Please see the links below and the attached information for the lecture descriptions.

    Oxford  

    https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/events/atmospheric-justice-litigation-united-states-pipe-dream-or-pipeline-justice-future

    University of the West of England – Bristol 

    http://info.uwe.ac.uk/events/event.aspx?id=18890

    Professor Abate also delivered a presentation at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) on March 8, which addressed ocean iron fertilization and Pacific Northwest indigenous peoples’ right to access salmon.   https://www.facebook.com/events/1140426329314818/

    Within the past month, Professor Abate has delivered invited presentations at four of the top ten law schools in the world:  Harvard (#1), Oxford (#3), Yale (#4), and the University of Melbourne (#8).

    http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2015/law-legal-studies

  • Professor Randall Abate had the transcript of his November 16, 2015 book launch panel at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C.  published as the lead article in the Environmental Law Reporter (Mar. 2016 issue).  Professor Abate assembled and moderated this panel, Animal Law and Environmental Law: Exploring the Connections and Synergies, and edited the transcript of the panel discussion for publication.  

    The transcript can be accessed here:https://www.academia.edu/22861385/Animal_Law_and_Environmental_Law_Exploring_the_Connections_and_Synergies

  • Professor Randall Abate delivered an invited presentation at Yale Law School on February 27 at the Sixth Annual New Directions in Environmental Law Conference.  The conference convened 420 attendees from six continents.  Professor Abate presented on his recently published book, What Can Animal Law Learn From Environmental Law? on a panel titled, “Coordinating Animal Law and Environmental Law.” The panel included two other leaders in animal law and environmental law:  Jonathan Lovvorn, Esq., Vice President and Chief Counsel of the Humane Society of the United States, and Paul Waldau, Professor of Anthrozoology at Canisius College, both of whom have taught Animal Law at Harvard Law School.

    The conference website is available here

    http://www.cvent.com/events/new-directions-in-environmental-law-conference-yela-/event-summary-7e4e1697d5f94d8fb5e4532d1556ddd6.aspx

    The list of speakers is available here

    http://www.cvent.com/events/new-directions-in-environmental-law-conference-yela-/speakers-7e4e1697d5f94d8fb5e4532d1556ddd6.aspx

  • Professor Abate delivered nine invited presentations in six cities throughout Australia from February 1-12.

    Professor Abate delivered four keynote lectures as part of a national panel series featuring his book, What Can Animal Law Learn From Environmental Law? (Eli Press 2015).  The panel series was sponsored by the Animal Law Institute in Australia. These panels were held at Bond University (Gold Coast), Macquarie University (Sydney), the University of Melbourne, and the University of Tasmania (Hobart), http://www.ali.org.au/events/2016/2/5/what-can-animal-law-learn-from-environmental-law-a-national-panel-series

    Professor Abate also delivered two book talks and two presentations advocating for a global ban on shark finning at the University of Wollongong on February 1 and the University of Western Australia (Perth) on February 2-3, http://lha.uow.edu.au/law/news-events/UOW208956.html

    Professor Abate delivered an invited presentation at a workshop on Freshwater and Saltwater Governance for Indigenous Peoples at the University of Tasmania on February 11-12

  • Professor Randall Abate had four of his students: two recent graduates and two current students, get their articles from his Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law Seminar in Spring 2015 published in prestigious law journals. 


  • These resolutions apply to all undergraduate and postgraduate coursework award courses in the School, unless specifically indicated otherwise. Students enrolled in postgraduate research awards should consult the resolutions for their course. These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the resolutions for the course of enrolment, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended), the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register: http://sydney.edu.au/policies.
    In the context of these resolutions, "postgraduate" refers to Advanced Learning and Professional Master's degrees and Graduate Diplomas. It does not refer to the Juris Doctor which is identified by name where appropriate.

    (1)

    Except with the permission of the Head of School and Dean, a student may not enrol in units of study with a total value of more than 24 credit points per semester. Further to this, undergraduate and Juris Doctor students may not enrol in more than 12 credit points in the summer session or 6 credit points in the winter session.

    (2)

    Units of study in excess of a student's award course requirements will be taken on a full fee, non-award basis. For undergraduate and Juris Doctor students the results from these non-award units will not be included in the calculation of the WAM.

    (1)

    A student must complete all requirements for a master's degree within 6 calendar years from first enrolment. Part time students should ensure their enrolment pattern allows completion within the maximum time.

    (2)

    A student must complete all  requirements for a graduate diploma within 3 calendar years from first enrolment. Part time students should ensure their enrolment pattern allows completion within the maximum time.

    (3)

    A student must complete all requirements for the Juris Doctor degree within ten calendar years from first enrolment.

    (4)

    A student must complete all requirements for a bachelor's degree (including combined degrees) within ten calendar years from first enrolment.

    (5)

    Periods of suspension, exclusion or lapsed candidature will be added to maximum completion times except that no completion time will exceed 10 years from first enrolment.

    (6)

    Credit will not be granted for previous studies older than 10 years at the time of first enrolment.

    (7)

    If a postgraduate student is admitted with credit, the School will determine a reduced time limit for completion of the award course.

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    The Coursework Rule specifies the conditions for suspending or discontinuing candidature, and return to candidature after these events. The Rule also defines the circumstances when candidature is deemed to have lapsed. Students should pay careful attention to the significant dates in these processes and their effect on results and financial liability. Students should refer to the relevant course resolutions for further detail on the criteria for approving suspensions of candidature.

    (1)

    The Coursework Rule specifies the general conditions for the granting of credit for previous study towards courses in this School. Advice regarding the granting of credit for undergraduate courses and the Juris Doctor can be found in the relevant course resolutions. Postgraduate students may apply for credit for units of study completed outside the School. Previous study may include study completed prior to enrolment. At the discretion of the Head of School and Dean, such credit may be granted on the following conditions:

    (a)

    Postgraduate students must complete at least 50% of their course requirements from units of study listed in the table of units specified for their course.

    (b)

    Where students outside the University of Sydney Law School are permitted to transfer their enrolment to a postgraduate course in the University of Sydney Law School, the Head of School and Dean may grant credit for previous studies of up to 50% of the requirements of their course.

    (c)

    Subject to paragraph (a), the Head of School and Dean may permit postgraduate students to satisfy up to 25% of their course requirements from units of study previously completed in the School on a non-award basis. The value of credit may not exceed 25% of the student's course requirements.

    (d)

    Credit will not be given for units of study which are or have been credited towards the award of another course, except:

    (i)

    postgraduate students who have graduated with a graduate diploma previously awarded by the University of Sydney Law School, may apply to have relevant units from that graduate diploma credited towards a master’s degree in the University of Sydney Law School; and

    (ii)

    Master of Laws students who are Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor graduates or graduands of the University of Sydney and who have completed Sydney Law School LAWS6000/JURS6000 units of study as part of their Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor courses, may apply to have up to 24 credit points of such units of study credited towards a Master of Laws.

    (e)

    Postgraduate students may not enrol in units of study for credit to a course which are, in the opinion of the Head of School and Dean, substantially similar to other units of study for which credit has been given.

    (f)

    The subject matter of the units of study for which credit is sought must, in the opinion of the Head of School and Dean, be sufficiently relevant to the course of study in which the student is currently enrolled.

    (g)

    The work completed for the other course must, in the opinion of the Head of School and Dean, be of a sufficient standard.

    (h)

    Credit may not be given for previous or current work which takes the form of a supervised or unsupervised independent research project. However, this provision does not apply to a coursework unit that is assessed partly or wholly by a research paper.

    (i)

    Postgraduate students who are given such credit are not thereby exempted from fulfilling the requirements for that award course, including the completion of any compulsory units that currently apply.

    (1)

    All units will be offered as either one semester in duration or in intensive mode. An undergraduate unit and a Juris Doctor unit will require 39 hours of tuition for core units and between 26 and 39 hours for electives, and a postgraduate unit will require approximately 26 hours of tuition.

    (2)

    Undergraduate and Juris Doctor students must satisfy the Jurisprudence requirement of their award courses by successfully completing an elective from the relevant Jurisprudence table (Part 2 of the Undergraduate Table and Part C of the Juris Doctor Table). A unit is included in the Jurisprudence tables if theoretical reflection on law as such is its primary goal.

    (1)

    Subject to paragraph (b), the Head of School and Dean may permit postgraduate students to satisfy up to 25% of their course requirements from units of study within the University of Sydney Law School but outside the table of units specified for their course, subject to the student demonstrating:

    (a)

    that they have the relevant academic or professional background to undertake the unit(s);

    (b)

    the relevance of the unit(s) to their studies.

    (b)

    Postgraduate students must complete at least 50% of their course requirements from units of study listed in the table of units specified for their course.

    (1)

    Postgraduate students may, with the permission of the Head of School and Dean, enrol in one designated Juris Doctor unit for credit towards the elective requirements of their award course subject to the following conditions:

    (a)

    The unit of study would enhance their area of specialisation or otherwise contribute to their program of postgraduate learning. Approval will not be granted where a suitable unit is taught within the postgraduate program.

    (b)

    Students may not enrol in the unit of study, Foundations of Law, or equivalent unit.

    (2)

    Students will be required to comply with any alternative assessment requirements imposed (normally including a research paper representing no less than 60% of the assessment requirements for the unit of study).

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    The Head of School and Dean may permit a student to complete a unit of study at another recognised institution and have that unit credited to the student's course requirements. Cross-institutional study is available subject to the following terms, unless specified in the course resolutions:

    (1)

    the unit of study is not used to satisfy any compulsory requirement; and

    (2)

    the unit of study content is not taught in any corresponding elective unit of study in the School; or

    (3)

    the student is unable, for good reason, to attend a corresponding unit of study in the School; and

    (4)

    the unit of study is taught in English at the required level and offered as part of an equivalent award course at the other institution;

    (5)

    the unit of study is substantially equivalent in the number of face-to-face teaching hours and in assessment requirements as to units offered by the School. Permission cannot be granted for units conducted on a 'distance' or online basis.

    (6)

    the results from the cross-institutional unit(s) will not be included in the calculation of a student's WAM.

    (1)

    The School encourages undergraduate and Juris Doctor students to participate in international exchange programs.

    (2)

    The following conditions apply:

    (a)

    Undergraduate and Juris Doctor students are only eligible to undertake a law exchange in their final year;

    (b)

    Students are not permitted to undertake more than one semester on exchange;

    (c)

    Students are not permitted to undertake any of their compulsory requirements, including Jurisprudence, on exchange;

    (d)

    Results from the exchange will not be included in the calculation of a student's WAM.

    (a)

    The assessment regime of each unit of study will include more than one form of assessment, or at least the option of a second form of assessment.

    (b)

    The total number of assessable words for a unit of study assessed by assignments and/or take-home exams is 6000 words.

    (c)

    Sit-down exams should not exceed 2 hours, unless a longer time has been approved by the Pro-Dean.

    (d)

    "Free form" class participation must not amount to more than 10% of total assessment, but "structured class participation" may be weighted more heavily. A mark will not be assigned for free-form class participation where class size exceeds 25.

    (e)

    Jointly assessed work must be approved by the Pro-Dean and must not exceed 30% of total assessment.

    (a)

    The assessment regime of each unit of study will include more than one form of assessment, or at least the option of a second form of assessment.

    (b)

    The total number of assessable words for a unit of study assessed by assignments and/or take-home exams is 6000 words.

    (c)

    Sit down exams should not exceed 2 hours, unless a longer time has been approved by the Pro-Dean.

    (d)

    "Free form" class participation must not amount to more than 10% of total assessment, but "structured class participation" may be weighted more heavily. A mark will not be assisgned for free-form class participation where class size exceeds 25.

    (e)

    Jointly assessed work must be approved by the Pro-Dean, and must not exceed 30% of total assessment.

    (3)

    Postgraduate: please refer to individual unit outlines.

    (1)

    Students are required to attend a minimum of 70% of timetabled activities for a unit of study. Participation in a minimum number of assessment items or days of class may be included in the requirements specified for a unit of study. The Head of School and Dean may determine that a student fails a unit of study or is excluded from sitting the final examination because of unsatisfactory attendance.


    (2)

    In the case of serious illness, injury or misadventure, a student may have their attendance requirement reduced or waived by the relevant lecturer, subject to the student meeting all assessment requirements and providing satisfactory supporting documentation.

    (3)

    Students are required to be in attendance at the correct time and place of any formal or informal examinations. Non-attendance on any grounds insufficient to claim special consideration will result in the forfeiture of marks associated with the assessment.

    (1)

    It is expected that, unless an application for special consideration has been approved, students will submit all assessment for a unit of study on the due date specified. If an extension has been granted and the assessment is submitted within the period of extension, no academic penalty will be applied to that assessment task.

    (2)

    If an extension is either not sought, not granted or is granted but work is submitted after the extended due date, the relevant lecturer may not accept the work. A retrospective extension will only be granted in special circumstances, and will take into account not only the reasons why the work was late, but also why the request was late.

    (3)

    The following penalty applies, unless a different regime is set out in the unit outline:

    (a)

    The late submission of an assessment which has not been granted an extension will attract a penalty of 10% of the total marks allocated to that assessment per calendar day or part thereof.

    (4)

    All penalties will be enforced as consistently as possible. If the application of the penalty is to result in an overall fail grade for a unit of study, lecturers retain discretion to review the whole of a student's performance and all of the circumstances in deciding whether or not to award a bare pass. Lecturers may set a deadline after which no work will be accepted, which is normally the date they intend to return the marked assessment to students.


    (1)

    The total word count for essays/written work should exclude the bibliography, footnote numbers and footnote citations, but discursive footnotes and quotations are included.

    (2)

    In undergraduate and Juris Doctor units of study, an assessment which exceeds the word limit will attract a penalty of 10% of the total marks allocated to that assessment for every 100 words (or part thereof) over the limit (unless a different regime is set out in the unit outline or assessment instructions). Postgraduate students should refer to individual unit outlines.

    (1)

    Special consideration is a process that affords equal opportunity to students who have experienced circumstances that adversely impact their ability to complete an assessment task in a unit of study. The Coursework Rule provides full details of the University policy. The School's policies and procedures for applying for special consideration are described on the School website and in unit of study outlines.

    (2)

    When a student experiences serious illness, injury, or misadventure that affects their ability to participate in assessment items, they may complete an application for special consideration. When the circumstances are so severe as to make completion of the unit(s) of study impossible, it may be more appropriate for the student to apply to discontinue from the units with permission.

    (3)

    If a student disagrees with the outcome of an application for special consideration they should follow the steps outlined in the policy for appeals against academic decisions.

    0.

    In this School, the grade PCON (Concessional Pass) is not awarded.

    (1)

    The School does not offer opportunities for reassessment other than on the grounds of approved special consideration. However, at the discretion of the Head of School and Dean, an undergraduate or Juris Doctor student may be offered a supplementary exam if they have met all of the following conditions:

    (a)

    the student has failed no more than one unit of study; and

    (b)

    the unit is a compulsory unit of study; and

    (c)

    the unit of study was undertaken in what would otherwise be the student's final semester.

    (2)

    All supplementary exams will be taken within two weeks of the release of marks.

    (1)

    The School will monitor students for satisfactory progress towards the completion of their award course. Under the University's Student Academic Progression policy, the School aims to identify students at academic risk; alert them to their status; provide assistance to these students; and track their progress once identified.

    (2)

    In this School, a student enrolled in an award course administered by the University of Sydney Law School will be deemed not to have made satisfactory progress in any semester for any of the following reasons:

    (a)

    (i) where the student is enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree: the student successfully completes only 50 percent or less of the credit points for which they were enrolled as at the relevant census date; and

    (a)

    (ii) for all other students: the student successfully completes less than 50 percent of the credit points for which they were enrolled as at the relevant census date;

    (b)

    they fail a unit of study more than once;

    (c)

    they achieve an average mark of less than fifty for all law units undertaken;

    (d)

    they fail to meet progression requirements as listed in the course resolutions.

    (1)

    The Weighted Average Mark is used by the University as one indicator of performance. In this School the University WAM is used to determine eligibility for prizes and scholarships; admission to honours; and to calculate a final graduating rank for undergraduate and Juris Doctor students.

    (2)

    The WAM is calculated on results obtained at the University of Sydney only. Units which have been credited from other law schools, or units undertaken on a student exchange program, will not be included in the WAM calculation.

    (3)

    The University WAM is calculated using the following formula:

     
    WAM =  
    sum(Wc x Mc) 
    sum(Wc)

    0.

    Where Wc is the unit of study credit points x the unit weighting and Mc is the mark achieved for the unit. Units of study with a result of Absent Fail (AF) or Discontinue - Fail or (DF) are assigned a mark of zero, for the purpose of the WAM calculation. Units of study assessed on a pass/fail basis are not counted.

    (4)

    The weight of a unit of study is assigned by the owning Faculty or School. In this School units are weighted with a value of one.

    0.

    The Head of School and Dean may vary these resolutions for a particular student in exceptional circumstances.

    (1)

    These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature on or after 1 January, 2017.

    (2)

    Subject to sub-rule (3), students who commenced prior to 1 January, 2017will complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2022. The School may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.

    (3)

    For all students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January 2017, satisfactory progress will be determined according to the requirements stated in clause 17 of these resolutions.


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