1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
1 Admission into BLAWLPR-Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice
1a Admission into BLAWLPRG-Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Graduate Entry)
1b Admission into BLAWLPRH-Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Honours)
1c Admission into BLAWS-Bachelor of Laws
1d Admission into BLAWSH-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
1e Admission into BLAWSG-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
2 LLAW1311 - Introduction to Law and Justice
2a LLAW1213 - Introduction to Public Law [Group Work]
3 LLAW1312 - Essential Legal Skills
3a LLAW1211 - Legal Research and Writing [Research I, Writing I]
4 LLAW2311 - Torts
4a LLAW2211 - Torts 2 [Interviewing]
5 LLAW2312 - Contracts
5a LLAW1224 - Advanced Contract [Writing II]
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e) and (2 or 2a) and (3 or 3a) and (4 or 4a) and (5 or 5a))
Assignment(s), Examination(s)
Topic description

This topic extends the student’s understanding of the private law of obligations – in tort, contract, restitution and statutory obligations - and their inter-relationship. In advanced tort, issues will include liability of governments, mass torts, assessment of loss in commercial causes and the proportionate liability regimes. In advanced contract, issues will include the role of contract in allocating responsibility and effective risk-management. The topic will also introduce the law of restitution by exploring its inherent purpose – in what circumstances is a defendant obliged to disgorge its gain when it has been unjustly enriched at the expense of the plaintiff. Finally, complex statutory private law obligations arising from misleading and deceptive conduct legislation will be addressed. The topic will focus on developments, judicial and legislative, in Australia and certain common law jurisdictions internationally and on the harmonisation debate in order to provide students with an advanced, commercial understanding of the diversity and application of the law of obligations in the Digital Age.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Advance, through research and problem-solving, the student’s understanding of the purpose and limitations of the private law of obligations
  • Provide a deeper, and more sophisticated, understanding of Australian and international developments in the law of obligations
  • Provide commercial awareness of the operation of the law of obligations in diverse commercial environments
  • Demonstrate the operation of complex causes of action and defences arising from the broad application of the law of obligations
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an improved, targeted ability, in the context of the law of civil obligations in undertaking legal research
  2. Identify relevant claims and defences central to the law of advanced civil obligations
  3. Correctly apply complex legal principles regarding advanced civil obligations in a strategic and commercial manner
  4. Conduct advanced analysis of common law and statutory developments in the law of obligations
  5. Demonstrate practical problem-solving skills relating to the law of obligations in Australian and comparative situations