Advanced Obligations and Remedies (LAWS5177)


This unit will explore a number of contentious and advanced issues arising in the law of civil obligations and remedies. It will build on students' prior study in the areas of contracts, tort and equity and will place particular emphasis on the interaction of these three fields of the law. The materials and classes will usually take a comparative perspective, contrasting English or European and Australian law on a number of topics. The unit is taught by Professors McDonald and Peden and other specialist academics from the University of Sydney if available and a number of expert guest lecturers from leading English universities. Particular topics depend on the availability and expertise of particular guest lecturers but may include :
- problems in causation and scope of liability
-controlling liability by contract
-loss and restitution in contract
- frustration and force majeure in contract
- the availability of proprietary remedies
-choice of law in obligations
-duties of good faith
- controlling fiduciary duties
- economic loss in tort law
- developments in duties of confidence

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


Run intensively at Cambridge in July.


1000wd casenote (20%) to be submitted at the commencement of classes, 10% class participation and 3000 word research essay (70%)


No one textbook. Some reading materials will be provided.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


(LAWS1010 or LAWS1012 or LAWS5001) and (LAWS1002 or (LAWS1015 and LAWS1017) or (LAWS5002 and LAWS5006)) and (LAWS2004 or LAWS2015 or LAWS5015)



Additional Information

Enrolment is by seperate application to the Law School.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.