As new media becomes an increasingly dominant form of mass communication, and as disruptive technologies challenge established frameworks, it is important that individuals from a range of backgrounds understand how the law affects and regulates their activities in this environment. Media laws influence how people communicate, and how both old and new media operate, and established legal doctrines such as defamation and privacy are being 

used in new ways to cope with the regulatory impact of this increased reliance on the digital sphere. Meanwhile, intellectual property laws incentivise the development of new creations, create value in the form of property with legally enforceable rights, and limit how others may access and use those creations. Fast emerging developments such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain and bio-technologies raise questions about the legal rights and responsibilities that accompany usage of new technologies. 

This program develops a depth of knowledge through strong theoretical and practical understanding of the different laws and regulatory issues that can arise in the context of new and old media, intellectual property, and technology law. 

Knowledge and experience students will gain from the specialisation: 

  • Solid command of the language and principles of media and communications law, intellectual property law, and/ or technology law; 
  • Improved understanding of how media law, intellectual property law, and technology law impact upon everyday life and regulate commercial activities, and the restrictions and opportunities created by these laws; 
  • Ability to understand the ever-changing Australian and international institutional contexts in which media and communications law, intellectual property law, and/or technology law are created and applied; 
  • Ability to command at least one specialised subfield of media and communications law, intellectual property law, and/or technology law. 

Possible career outcomes: 

  • Lawyers working across media law and regulation of the media industry, intellectual property law and the capture of the commercial value of innovation, and/or the law relating to the regulation of technology (if you also hold a LLB/JD); 
  • Journalists and other media professionals working across the legal and government sectors; 
  • Scientists, engineers and other STEM professionals who have the knowledge and strategies for protecting their innovative developments; 
  • Business professionals who work in the media, intellectual property, and/or technology fields. 

This specialisation may be of interest to those with professional experience in: 

  • Legal practice 
  • Media, advertising, communication and marketing industry 
  • STEM related disciplines 
  • University innovation and innovation management 
  • Owning and operating businesses of all sizes. 

UNSW related centres: 

International opportunities: 

For more information on specialisation structure and courses available in this specialisation visit the online handbook.