Insolvency Law (LAWS6159)


The unit provides an introduction to the mainly statutory law regulating bankrupt individuals and insolvent companies to be found in the Bankruptcy Act 1966 and Corporations Act 2001. It explores the objectives and key principles of insolvency law, the pari passu principle, the various forms of insolvent administration including informal workouts, bankruptcy, liquidation, receivership, voluntary administration, schemes of arrangement and associated procedures together with the avoidance of transactions in insolvency. The unit also considers the impact of insolvency on existing contractual and proprietary rights from the perspective of employees, unsecured creditors, shareholders, trustees of trusts and third parties generally. The unit also considers cross border insolvency and the Cross Border Insolvency Act 2008. The impact of the PPSA on insolvency is also analysed. The unit involves a significant component of statutory interpretation.

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Jul 2, 3 & 16, 17 (9-5)


assignment problem (50%), take-home exam (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

law degree with good background in Australian corporate law


CLAW6006, LAWS3403, LAWS3445, LAWS5103

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