This unit aims to complete the study of tort law and contract law acquired in Torts and Contracts respectively and to encourage the integrated study of the law of civil obligations and remedies. Liabilities in tort, contract and under statute frequently overlap in practice. Equitable principles also play an important role in providing remedies in a contractual context. This course will also consider liability under the Australian Consumer Law. Core topics are: (a) Causation and remoteness of damage principles in contract law and the calculation of damages for breach of contract; (b) Vitiating factors and other factors affecting contracts, including: unfair or unconscionable dealing; unfair terms in contracts; mistake and misrepresentation; duress; and undue influence. This topic includes a study of equitable as well as common law principles and statutory rights and remedies; (c) Liability and remedies for misleading or deceptive conduct under statute (in particular, under s 18 of the Australian Consumer Law); (d) Trespass to Land including damage by aircraft; (e) Nuisance; (f) Intentional Interference with goods; (g) Negligence Liability for property damage and pure economic loss in tort, including liability for negligent misstatement, liability for economic loss suffered by third parties rather than the primary victim, liability for defective construction; (h) Proportionate liability where it applies to tort, contract and statutory liabilities. Other topics may be studied to the extent class time allows. These topics may include: the intentional economic torts such as deceit; breach of statutory duty; illegality in contract.
1x2hr lecture and 1x1hr lecture/week for 10 weeks and 1x1hr tutorial/week for 10 weeks from week 2
Mid-semester 1.5 hr closed-book exam (40%), tutorial participation (10%) and final closed book exam (60%).
(LAWS1010 or LAWS1012) and LAWS1015Prohibitions