MLJ729 - Contemporary International Legal Challenges (Intensive)


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Cloud*
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

For students in M729 Juris Doctor and M726 Master of Laws only


M729 students - must have completed 8 law units

M726 students - must have completed 4 law units

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

*Trimester 2 Cloud details:

30 Cloud contact hours over 6 days. The first two days have a 1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 2 hour seminar. The remaining days have 2 x 1-hour lectures and 2 x 2-hour seminars.

Cloud Intensive dates:  

  • 20 July 2020 2pm to 5pm  
  • 21 July 2020 2pm to 5pm  
  • 3 August 2020 10 am to 5pm  
  • 4 August 2020 10am to 5pm  
  • 24 August 2020 10 am to 5pm  
  • 25 August 2020 10am to 5pm  


Topic: Modern Slavery with a focus on Corporate Slavery in Supply Chains and Human Trafficking in organised crime. 

Students will have the opportunity to do the following: 

  • Understand the history and development of international law in relation to slavery and human trafficking 
  • Assess the effectiveness of domestic responses with particular reference to the Modern Slavery Act in Australia, the UK and ASEAN 
  • Consider practical Corporate challenges in identifying slavery in supply chains. 
  • Analyse policy and legislative change in relation to human trafficking in organised crime. 
In-person attendance requirements

30 contact hours: 6 contact hours per day (2 x 1-hour classes and 2 x 2-hour seminars) for 5 days

Trimester 3 Intensive Dates: 18th-22nd January 2021

Topic: International Terrorism with a focus on Legal frameworks and criminal justice responses.

Students will have the opportunity to do the following:

  • Assess the important role which respect for the Rule of Law and fundamental human rights play in effective counter-terrorism
  • Understand definitions, extraterritorial and universal jurisdiction and domestic legal frameworks.
  • Consider victim rights, to include human trafficking and compulsion of foreign fighters.
  • Analyse fair trial rights for accused persons, to include evidence of radicalisation and sentencing.

If you are not able to enrol, please email

Recommended: Students who completed the Modern Slavery topic in MLJ728 Contemporary Legal Issues in Residential 3, July 2019 are advised not to enrol in the Trimester 2 2020 Cloud Intensive offering of MLJ729.


This unit as with MLJ728 Contemporary Legal Issues, is explicitly intended to extend skills and knowledge, developed in core subjects studied in the law curriculum, by exploring key contemporary issues in a selected area of law. This is done with a lens provided by an externally recognised expert in the field. The unit will focus on a specialist area while simultaneously investigating the wider implications for other areas. Students will analyse specific legal issues and controversies within the selected area, taking into account social attitudes, institutional practices, relevant laws and legal processes. (The specialist area that forms the subject of this unit will vary annually. Specific details will be identified by DLS and notified to students as these become known and prior to enrolment being made available). The essential focus of the unit will be to reflect on issues of legal principle relating to specific emerging issues and controversies and to develop forward-thinking strategies and solutions to address emerging law and public policy issues.


Hurdle requirement

Hurdle requirement: completion and submission of the 3-minute video recording prior to the commencement of the course.

Unit Fee Information

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