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LAWS6341: Media Law: Comparative Perspectives

2023 unit information

There are striking similarities and overlaps between Australian and English media law, reflecting their common origins, but there are also important differences and divergences. In relation to English media law, the impact of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union is a significant factor. This unit of study analyses a number of key issues in media law, ranging from defamation law, privacy and breach of confidence, contempt of court, open justice, suppression and non-publication orders and other restrictions on court reporting, as they arise in Australia, the United Kingdom and the European Union. In 2016, the unit taught in Cambridge will include guest lectures by leading media law academics, lawyers and commentators from the United Kingdom.

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Code LAWS6341
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of how the law, through legislation and case law, regulates the media in their collection and publication of material in Australia, the United Kingdom and the European Union
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of the concept of “free speech” in this context, how the law protects it and balances it with competing public interests
  • LO3. further develop skills in critical analysis and application of the law
  • LO4. further develop skills in conducting independent research
  • LO5. engage in oral and written argument and discussion and write clearly, logically and persuasively

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive August 2023
Block mode England

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