LAWS 3025 Law, Culture and Entrepreneurial Innovation in India

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200983

Coordinator Grace Borsellino Opens in new window

Description This subject is taught intensively at selected Indian university law schools. The subject 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 subject aims to develop student 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, human rights and labour law, Corporate Social Responsibility, Indian Stock Exchange and Trading Law, Corporate Governance and Board Diversity.

School Law

Discipline Law, Not Elsewhere Classified.

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) LAWS 1006 OR
LAWS 2003


The subject is not available for self-select 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 weeks (Dates for term 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. Reflect on the general structure of the Indian legal system and institutions.
  2. Critically examine the history of legal reform in India in its cultural context and in business.
  3. Evaluate selected laws and trading law procedures in India.
  4. Analyse contemporary Indian legal issues.

Subject Content

  1. Introduction to Indian History, Culture and Law
  2. The Indian Legal System and Legal Institutions 
  3. The Indian Judicial System.
  4. Corporate Social Responsibility Law in India
  5. Corporate Governance and Law in India
  6. Corporate Boards and Board Diversity in India
  7. India Stock Exchange and Trading Laws
  8. Mumbai Stock Exchange and Innovation
  9. Human Rights Laws in India
  10. Indian Commercial Laws and Regulations: including Foreign Investment and Trade Laws in India.
  11. Labour Laws in India
  12. Indian Legal Scholarship and the Legal Education system in India.
  13. The Legal Profession and Professional Legal Practice and Ethics in India.

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

Relevant visa for India.


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Participation Ongoing 10 N Individual
Reflection 2000 words 45 N Individual
Essay 2500 words 45 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

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

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