LAWS 3025 Foundations of Indian Law

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200983

Coordinator Alpana Roy Opens in new window

Description An LLB alternate unit, Foundations of Indian Law is taught intensively at a selected Indian university. The unit introduces students to the basic structure of the Indian legal system, its laws and the legal culture. Through seminars and field trips to Indian courts and law firms, the unit aims to develop your understanding of how the Indian legal system has developed in its political and cultural contexts. It covers the Indian legal systems at the general level and in relation to specific law, such as contracts, foreign investment law, dispute resolution and procedure.

School Law

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) LAWS 1006 OR
LAWS 1003 AND
LAWS 2003

Restrictions The subject is not available for self-enrolment. Intake in the subject will be restricted to expressions of interest. GPA and progression in program will be considered. Pre-requisites must be met. The subject is not considered appropriate for non-LLB students by virtue of its nature. Students must be able to travel to India for a specified period of 2-2.5 weeks (Dates for session of offer will be made available to students through the School of Law's regular communication channels).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the general structure of the Indian legal system and institutions;
  2. Critically examine the history of legal reform in India in its cultural context;
  3. Describe and evaluate selected laws and dispute resolution procedures in India;
  4. Apply an understanding of the Indian legal system to analysing contemporary Indian legal issues.

Subject Content

- The Indian legal system and legal institutions: historical and cultural contexts
- sources of Law in India
- The Indian Judicial system
- constitutional Law in India
- Indian Civil Law
- common Law in India
- Customary Law in India
- Muslim Law in India
- international Law in India
- Indian commercial laws and regulations: including foreign investment and trade laws in India
- Dispute Resolution systems in India
- Indian legal scholarship and The legal education system in India
- The legal profession and professional legal practice and ethics in India

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

Relevant visa for India.

Prescribed Texts

  • Durga Das Basu, Introduction to the Constitution of India (LexisNexis, 22nd ed, 2015).

Teaching Periods