This section provides a number of resources for teaching students about democratic decay. The Concept IndexLaw Index and Links sections serve as additional resources.

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The downloadable resources provided below have been developed for, and inspired by, an elective J.D. research course on 'Understanding Democratic Decay Worldwide', designed by Tom Gerald Daly and first taught at Melbourne Law School in Semester 1 2018 (February-May 2018).  The course has been very popular with students, who have shown great interest in the readings and who are currently writing their first major research project (8,000 words) on a topic of their choice. The resources below have been refined based on questions and clarifications that have arisen through discussions with the students on the course. Some resources were not used on the course but have been added based on the discussions held.



The resources here are all provided as editable formats so that they can be downloaded, shared, and modified to suit different needs. Branding can be easily removed to adapt the resources to your needs. 

sample course overview

PowerPoint — Basic Course Overview 

Discussion Resources - promoting in-class discussion of concepts and the role of law in democratic decay

Pre-Course Exercise — Reflecting on Democracy

Seminar Exercise 1 — What's the Evidence for Democratic Decay?

Seminar Exercise 2 — Discussing Concepts

Seminar Exercise 3 — Discussing Case-Studies

Seminar Exercise 4 — Using the Law to Degrade Democracy (Scenario 1)

Seminar Exercise 5 — Using the Law to Degrade Democracy (Scenario 2)

Seminar Exercise 6 — Using the Law to Safeguard Democracy

Selected Bibliography including Recommended Blogs and Websites

Selected Bibliography



Please feel free to share materials you have used in similar courses at your law school by e-mailing Tom at Over time, it may be possible to shape a transnational curriculum that helps students to understand the serious threat posed by democratic decay, and the role of the lawyer in understanding and seeking solutions to this threat.