Controlling Liability by Contract (LAWS6250)


This unit brings together the doctrinal, theoretical and practical issues raised by contract risk management, especially the control of liability for breach of contract and negligence. The unit will consider: categories of risk; drafting options; protection of third parties; statutory control of risk management devices, including the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth); contract drafting and management issues. The drafting options which are considered include the use of exclusion clauses, indemnity provisions and force majeure clauses. The operation of these types of clauses, and the relevant common law and statutory rules, will be considered in the context of various types of contracts, but with particular emphasis on contracts for the provision of services and sale of goods. One particular feature of the course is a consideration of the operation of the privity rule in the context of risk management. Thus, issues such as the protection of related bodies corporate and the liability of agents and sub-contractors are dealt with in some detail.

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1x2-hr lecture/week


compulsory essay (25%) and take-home exam (75%)

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undergraduate law degree

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