Melbourne Law School has a high level of expertise in communications law, as well as a dedicated research centre, the Centre for Media and Communications Law. The graduate program in communications law was developed to provide students with an advanced understanding of the existing and developing law affecting the media and communication industries and its impact on the publication of information, ownership, services and technology.
The Graduate Diploma in Communications Law focuses on:
* The implications of different regulatory models for individuals, corporate entities, states and information providers
* The international context facing law and the media and communications industries
* Divergent legal norms and cultural values within contemporary approaches to communications law and policy
* Evaluating and synthesising communications law, policy and research
* Communications law scholarship, responding to legal issues facing the media and communications industries.
Students must complete four subjects from the prescribed lists, including at least one subject from each group. Students who do not have a law degree from a common law jurisdiction or any prior legal studies or experience are also expected to complete the two-day preliminary subject Australian Legal Process and Legal Institutions.
* Defamation Law*
* Free Speech, Contempt and the Media
* Privacy Law*
* Art and Law
* Communications Law
* Competition Law and Intellectual Property*
* Copyright Law*
* Electronic Commerce Law
* Entertainment Law
* Film and Television Law: Production, Financing and Distribution*
* Free Speech and Intellectual Property Law
* Information Security Law*
* Intellectual Property in the Digital Age
* International and Comparative Copyright Law*
* Law and Economics of Access Regulation
*Offered in 2010