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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Lectures and Seminar Discussion
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: Two hours of lecture/seminars per week |
Total Time Commitment: 108 hours.
Legal Method and Reasoning; Principles of Public Law; Torts; Legal Theory; Obligations; Contracts or in each case their equivalents.
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
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For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
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CoordinatorAssoc Prof Elise Diane Bant
This subject provides an analysis of the law of unjust enrichment and restitution in Australian law. Students will examine the various unjust factors recognised by courts or discussed by theorists, such as mistake, compulsion and failure of consideration. The various forms of enrichment will be studied and the differences between restitution for money and restitution for services explored. Defences to restitutionary claims and restitutionary remedies, both personal and proprietary, will also be covered.
Note: The essay in this subject is regarded as a substantial piece of legal writing.
|Objectives:||To inculcate an understanding of the legal principles governing the reversal of unjust enrichment and of the law restitution in Australia.|
Either an optional research essay of 5000 words, 100% (due final week of semester) or final examination of three hours, 100%.
|Prescribed Texts:|| |
James Edelman and Elise Bant, Unjust Enrichment in Australia, 2007, Oxford University Press.
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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On completion of the subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:
In addition, on completion of the subject, students should have developed the following skills specific to the discipline of law:
- Solve legal problems by the application of recently developed legal concepts.
- Compare and contrast philosophical concepts of justice and injustice with models of justice developed by judges and writers within the framework of the law of unjust enrichment.
- Apply research skills to a new and relatively undeveloped area of the law.
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