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LAWS6944: Insider Trading and Market Misconduct

2024 unit information

This unit examines insider trading, market manipulation, and related forms of market misconduct in a legal context, so that students will gain an understanding of the elements of these offences, as well as applicable defences and exemptions. The regulatory regime in Australia will be examined, with a comparative analysis of the legal position in other jurisdictions, such as the USA, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. The unit will consider the sways in which the relevant laws have developed, including law reform proposals. The unit will also address the challenges in detecting forms of market misconduct and enforcing relevant laws, as well as considering the role of regulators. Further information about this unit is available in the Sydney Law School timetable, unit of study outline and academic staff profile

Unit details and rules

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Code LAWS6944
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Students are encouraged to complete LAWS6810 Fundamentals of Corporate Law prior to undertaking this unit, but it is not a pre-requisite

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

  • LO1. Critically analyse the concept of market integrity and articulate the rationales for regulating market misconduct.
  • LO2. Evaluate the nature of major forms of market misconduct, with a focus on insider trading and market manipulation.
  • LO3. Identify and describe to an advanced level the challenges faced by legislators and regulators in enforcing market misconduct laws
  • LO4. Compare and contrast Australia’s regulatory approach to market misconduct with that of other global jurisdictions.
  • LO5. Deliver persuasive oral presentations on the effectiveness of market misconduct laws and regulatory strategies across different jurisdictions.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1b 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2b 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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