The objective of the course is to provide students with an overall understanding of the law of equity with special emphasis on fiduciary obligations, trusts, equitable assignment of propoerty and equitable remedies. The course will consider the history of equity, basic principles which dominate its jurisprudence and the relevance of equity today; the nature of fiduciary obligations, recognised categories of fiduciaries and the extension of these categories in recent times, breach of fudiciary obligations, defences and remedies for the breach of fiduciary obligations; the requirements for express trusts, the liability of a third party to a breach of trust or fiduciary duty, and the remedies for breach of trust and fiduciary duty, including tracing. The course then shifts its focus to equity more generally by considering the equitable rules for assignment of property and the remedies of specific performance and injunctions.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
The objective of the course is to provide students with an overall understanding of the law of equity with special emphasis on fiduciary obligations, trusts, equitable assignment of property and equitable remedies.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Explain and apply to a factual problem the law relating to fiduciary obligations, trusts (including express, resulting and constructive trusts), equitable remedies, tracing and equitable assignment. Such discussion should note any unresolved or ambiguous questions of law and propose a reasoned answer to the problem that acknowledges strengths and weaknesses of the arguments made;
- Analyse and predict how unresolved or ambiguous questions of equitable doctrine could be resolved by the courts;
- Describe, theorise and evaluate fundamental themes underlying and connecting the specific doctrines covered, including the relationship of equity to other parts of the law, and how equity has been, and can be, used as a vehicle for social change.
The assessment for this course will include a compulsory mid-semester component (format TBA) [25%], a compulsory, end of semester formal exam [45%], a compulsory tutorial participation component [10%], and a reading reflections component [20%]. The indicated mark allocations are based upon the 2013 assessment scheme and are subject to change.
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WorkloadThere will be three hours of lectures (or equivalent) each week. In addition, there will be weekly tutorials from Week 3 of the semester. Tutorial attendance is compulsory. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
Requisite and Incompatibility
G E Dal Pont, Equity and Trusts: Commentary and Materials, ( Lawbook Co). The current edition of this casebook as at June 2014 will be prescribed. If in doubt, check with the course convenor.
Chapter 1, Sarah Worthington, Equity, Clarendon Law Series, (2nd ed, 2006); ANU Library E Reserve.
The course assumes knowledge of contract, property and legal history. The subject reinforces and deepens understanding of doctrines referred to in other courses such as Contract, Property, Corporations Law, Restitution Law and Family Law.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8402||24 Jul 2017||31 Jul 2017||31 Aug 2017||27 Oct 2017||In Person||N/A|