What you will learn

Gain contemporary skills and knowledge for your job now.

Understanding the work of government requires a sharp understanding of how public policy is shaped by legal frameworks.

This Melbourne MicroCert explores the legal and political environments public sector professionals must navigate to ensure governments can respond effectively to the challenges communities face.

This course is ideal for public sector professionals, especially non-lawyers, who want to understand how rule of law standards shape policymaking, protect rights, and prevent arbitrary governance.

Explore how rule of law standards impact public administration

Examine competing visions of the rule of law, which encompasses everything from procedural fairness to values such as human rights. Enhance your understanding of public policymaking and explore how law and broader rule of law standards both empower and constrain public servants when crafting policy.

Examine how the public service is central to governance in accordance with the rule of law

Discuss the many roles public servants play in supporting governance in accordance with the rule of law: as experts, holders of institutional memory, policy implementers, and guardians of rule of law standards.

Understand the challenges faced by public servants in upholding the rule of law

Explore how the rule of law has evolved over time and how contemporary trends are presenting difficult challenges, including the maintenance of basic legality in exercising government power and adequate oversight across service delivery.

Develop your practical skills

Connect rule of law theories to practice and public service values through interactive exercises. You’ll become familiar with rule of law language, gain a greater understanding of your authorising environment, analyse key legal frameworks, and discover how law is the source of all government power.

This Melbourne MicroCert is offered by the Melbourne School of Government. Sign up to the School’s monthly e-news for course, research and event updates.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academics and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Associate Professor Tom Daly

Deputy Director, University of Melbourne School of Government

Tom is Deputy Director of the University of Melbourne School of Government. He has a strong background in the university sector, and previously taught at institutions in Edinburgh and Copenhagen. Tom brings a wealth of industry experience to University of Melbourne, which includes running the Office of the Chief of Justice of Ireland for over six years. He has consulted on public law and human rights projects for the EU, Council of Europe, African Union, and the Irish government.

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For individuals

To take Good Governance: Navigating Law for Public Managers as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$1990.00 (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

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Registration closes Apr 17, 2023

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Good Governance: Navigating Law for Public Managers, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.


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18 April – 28 May 2023

Registration closes Apr 17, 2023

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