Cybercrime - PDL1047


Professional development short course

This unit provides an overview of the legal issues which arise when electronic and telecommunication devices are used in the commission or facilitation of crime. Such devices allow offences to be committed on an unparalleled scale, sometimes with international ramifications, yet with greatly reduced chance of detection.

They therefore present a significant challenge to investigative agencies and to conventional notions of crime and jurisdiction. Topics to be, covered include the nature of cybercrime, detection and investigation, application of existing criminal law principles, legislative responses, and jurisdictional issues.

At a glance


2022 (dates to be finalised)


Monash Law Chambers

Learning outcomes:

On successful completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of, and understanding of recent developments in relation to, cybercrime with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice
  2. Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to cybercrime
  3. Conduct research into cybercrime based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods
  4. Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to cybercrime

Academic lead:

Jonathan Clough:

Professor Jonathan Clough teaches and researches in the areas of criminal law and evidence, with a particular focus on cybercime, juries and corporate criminal liability. He is the author of Principles of Cybercrime , 2nd edn, (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and co-author of The Prosecution of Corporations (Oxford University Press, 2002).

He has published numerous articles in national and international journals, and is currently a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant with the Victorian Department of Justice examining improved methods of judicial communication with juries. He has provide advice to government and presents to the judiciary and the legal profession. He teaches Criminal Law and Evidence in the LLB, and Cybercrime and Corporate and White Collar Crime in the LLM. He is currently Director, Higher Degrees by Research.