Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Lectures and Seminar Discussion
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 24 hours, 1 x 2-hour lecture per week. |
Total Time Commitment: 144 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.|
|Core Participation Requirements:||For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills, and Assessment Requirements of this entry. |
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CoordinatorProf Megan Richardson
ContactMelbourne Law School Student Centre
Tel: +61 3 8344 4475
This subject provides a critical analysis of a developing law of restitution (including ‘unjust enrichment’) in Australia and comparable jurisdictions, especially the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Students will examine policies and principles about the appropriateness and practicality of benefit-based (rather than harm-based) liability as a rationale for (a) substantive legal development and (b) remedial action in common law jurisdictions which are traditionally utilitarian but perhaps becoming less so. The particular foci will be judgments of courts and (to a lesser extent) legislation as well as arguments of restitution scholars and other legal theorists. The transition from overtly utilitarian to more explicitly rights-based discourses of law will help to frame the inquiry as to why the law may be taking on more of a restitution slant in the current context.
NOTE: THE ESSAY IN THIS SUBJECT IS REGARDED AS A SUBSTANTIAL PIECE OF LEGAL WRITING.
|Objectives:||To inculcate an understanding of the legal policies and principles governing the law of restitution in Australia and comparable jurisdictions.|
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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:
The essay in this subject is regarded as a substantial piece of legal writing for honours purposes.
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