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This course will focus on the law as it relates to children in a variety of contexts.  Whilst the focus will be on Australian law, there will also be analysis of laws and legal systems in other jurisdictions, as well as international law, where relevant.  

There is no pre-requisite for this course, however for students with an interest in Family Law, Human Rights, Medical Law or Indigenous Issues, this course allows further exploration of those areas with specific reference to children.

Main Topics

  • Constructions of childhood
  • Children's rights
  • Child development
  • Role of the law in the lives of children and families
  • Adoption
  • Care and protection
  • Voice of the child – representation of children in court proceedings
  • Medical treatment of children
  • International child abduction
  • Juvenile justice


Faculty Faculty of Law
Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 3



Indicative contact hours


Conditions for Enrolment

Prerequisite: Completion of 78 UOC in LAWS courses.

Course Outline

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Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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