Please Wait

1. Do the intellectual property laws of Australia provide enough safeguard to pharma companies? Illustrate it by comparing these with UK IP laws.

This dissertation topic will compare the IP laws of UK and Australia, with respect to pharma companies. Here patents given, under Australian Patent Law, to different pharma companies must be analysed. Using these laws, students have to consider the protection of patents in both the countries as well as safeguards provided by WIPO. While doing so student need to thoroughly study the Pharmaceutical Patents Review Reports. There are some recommendations in place for strengthening intellectual property laws in both the countries, which must be looked upon while writing on this issue. Moreover, the case laws relating to litigation of patents, along with its
judgements, must be studied and accordingly used in this dissertation.

Suggested Readings
A. Gleeson, D., Moir, H. and Lopert, R. (2015). Costs to Australian taxpayers of pharmaceutical monopolies and proposals to extend them in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. The Medical Journal of Australia, 202(6), pp.306-308.
B. Moir, H. and Palombi, L. (2013). Patents and Trademarks: Empirical Evidence on & Evergreening from Australia. SSRN Electronic Journal.
C. Amernick, B. (1986). Patent law for the nonlawyer. New York: Chapman & Hall.

2. How law reforms in homicide have help Australian women in having better defences against their abusers?

This dissertation will include all reforms that have pushed for a stronger protection of women defences against their abusers. It looks into all the legal aspects that dominates homicides in Australia. While doing so, it also focusses on problems related to traditional defences to man-slaughter, which follow controversial doctrines of 16 th & 17 th century criminal law. Students also need to thoroughly study about Standing Committee of the Attorneys-General (SCAG) recommendations of a model criminal code for criminal jurisdictions in Australia. The knowledge of Criminal Code Act 1899 as well as different committees formed to analyse the Partial Defence of Provocation is
paramount for this dissertation.

Suggested Readings
A. Crofts, T., & Tyson, D. (2012). Homicide law reform in Australia: improving access to defences for women who kill their abusers. Monash UL Rev., 39, 864.
B. Victorian Law Reform Commission Report (
C. Fitz-Gibbon, K. (2014). Homicide law reform, gender and the provocation defence: A comparative perspective. Springer.

3. Compare and contrast both the approaches that are used to award damages in tort of negligence for psychiatric injury and physical injury.

This topic of dissertation examines the liabilities and penalties of both psychiatric as well as physical injury. It needs to highlight cases where a defendant was held responsible for the plaintiff’s mental illness and compare these cases where they were not held liable. Such comparison is to be done based on tort laws that govern tort of negligence in Australia. Some light is also shed upon how psychiatric illness was accepted under the tort law in different states of Australia. The damage awarded under these tort laws is critically analysed and accordingly arguments are presented.

Suggested Readings
A. Abraham, K. (2017). The forms and functions of tort law. West Academic.
B. Trindade, F., Cane, P. and Lunney, M. (2007). The law of torts in Australia. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
C. Noble, P. (1996). Liability for psychiatric illness-Law- Commission.

4. Should convicts be given the voting rights? An analysis must be done based on the different cases in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

In 2011, Federal government enacted a parliamentary law to overturn a prohibition of prisoners’ voting. The human rights aspect of giving franchise rights to convicts is analysed keeping a view of other democracies. The recommendations of different commissions set up to conduct a research on this issue must also be studied thoroughly by university students. Further, reports on this issue from different human rights organisations working internationally must also be considered. While attempting this dissertation, students must also look into various cases that have provided an insight into this issue.

Suggested Readings
A. Ewald, A. C., & Rottinghaus, B. (Eds.). (2009). Criminal disenfranchisement in an international perspective. Cambridge University Press.
B. Australian Law Reform Commission Report
C. Australian Human Rights Commission: Prisoners’ Rights.

5. How judicial review has strengthened various aspects of Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act). Use recent examples in your dissertation.

In this dissertation, you need to focus on judicial review as a mechanism to improve and refine environmental laws (EPBC Act). While analysing it, Section 487 of the Act must be looked into detail and how it got into prominence. Different judicial pronouncements on environment issues also  needs to be critically examined. Further, the role of judiciary is also studied thoroughly in order to gauge its impact on recent phenomenon of climate change. Some contemporary examples from other commonwealth countries is also given to analyse and compare judicial review of environment laws.

Suggested Readings
A. Chapter 20: Review Mechanisms under the and Access to Courts
B. Fisher, E. C., Jones, J. S., & von Schomberg, R. (Eds.). (2006). Implementing the precautionary principle: perspectives and prospects. Edward Elgar Publishing.

6. Examine the evolution of anti-corruption legislation in Australia. Analysis of the changes made in these laws over the years and its effect on large business houses and small business.

This dissertation topics mainly requires you to look into the anti-corruption policy in Australia. It needs to investigate these laws in relation with corruption in policing, political lobbying, job recruitment, vehicle registration, occupational licensing, revenue collection, financial investment, public procurement, and foreign bribery. Moreover, it also analyses statutes enacted to govern and facilitate independent functioning Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Ombudsman, and anti-corruption commissions. Electoral corruption is also an important aspect that test the transparency index of a democracy. So, it needs to be studied and accordingly presented in this

Suggested Readings
A. Brown, A. J. (2013). Whistleblowing in the Australian public sector: Enhancing the theory and practice of internal witness management in public sector organisations (p. 333). ANU Press.

7. With regard to Australian contract law, critical analysis of privity of contracts in relation to third parties.

While doing these dissertations, students need to be fully cognisance of the privity of a contract doctrine. The rights given to third party in all forms of contract is also an important aspect of this dissertation. The history of third party beneficiary, the obligation of third party, and contractual grace are also significant components that will make this dissertation. Different case laws that have been a part of this issue also need to be read thoroughly and used in dissertations. The Australian contract system is also studied for various sections like corporations, labour market, organised sector etc.

Suggested Readings
A. McKendrick, E. (2014). Contract law: text, cases, and materials. Oxford University Press (UK).
B. Law Reform Commission Report
C. Cartwright, J. (2016). Contract law: An introduction to the English law of contract for the civil lawyer. Bloomsbury Publishing.

8. In-depth analysis of constraints in corporate governance due to the excessive remuneration for executive director.

This topic mainly focuses on the Corporations Act 2001 and uses to examine if the corporate governance has been negatively impacted with the rise in compensation given to executive directors. The functioning of Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is to be also studied during this research. The role and responsibilities of executive directors are also a central point in order to figure out the desired outcome of this dissertation. The corporate governance as a concept has to be understood properly to frame a good dissertation. Even contemporary examples can be highlighted to present you knowledge on corporate governance dynamics.

Suggested Readings
A. Boyd, B., Franco Santos, M. and Shen, W. (2012). International Developments in Executive Compensation.  Corporate Governance: An International Review, 20(6), pp.511-518.
B. Gregory-Smith, I. (2011). Chief Executive Pay and Remuneration Committee Independence*. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 74(4), pp.510-531.

9. Critical examination of with regard to legal principles relating to territories acquired by the Commonwealth.

There are many external territories that have been acquired by Australia over the years. Constitutional mechanism is also followed along with other legal dimensions. The studies and recommendation of Australian Law Reform Commission is also taken into consideration. The self-governing in some of them has to be adjusted in accordance with the provisions given in the Australian constitution. The governing bodies and statues driving it has to be thoroughly analysed and accordingly figure out if any changes are required. The duties that are carried out by departments, both legal as well as administrative, are examined to check if these are fully backed by legislation, and not arbitrary.

Suggested Readings
A. Legal Risk in International Transactions (ALRC Report 80)
C. Doeker, G. (2012). The treaty-making power in the Commonwealth of Australia. Springer.

10. Credibility crisis of The International Criminal Court: Analysis with regard to Rome Statue recent examples.

When it comes discussing international bodies, the international treaties related forms the fundamental aspect for its study. These international laws are very extensive in nature and also has historical and political undertones, thereby, making it complex. The International Criminal Court was formed with the foundational agreement of Rome Statute in 1998. However, the political dynamics and legalities associated to it must also thoroughly studied in order to have a clear background for and understand its present functioning. Using recent judgments that have been pronounced against some developed countries needs to critically be examined to formulate a successful dissertation.

Suggested Readings
A. Schabas, W. A. (2017). The International Criminal Court: a commentary on the Rome statute. Oxford University Press.
B. Bosco, D. (2013). Rough justice: The International Criminal Court in a world of power politics. Oxford University Press.
C. Stahn, C. (2012). Libya, the International Criminal Court and Complementarity: A Test for ‘Shared Responsibility’. Journal of International Criminal Justice, 10(2), 325-349.