The course covers aspects of the law of restitution as it has developed in Australia, England and (to a lesser extent) Canada, and considers the inter-relationship between restitution, contract, equity, and other categories of legal obligations.
The course considers the relevant law from three perspectives: historical, conceptual and doctrinal. It provides a useful overview of the private law of obligations and property. The first section of the course considers:
- the history of restitution; and
- theories of restitution and the concept of unjust enrichment
The second part of the course examines various situations where restitutionary relief may be sought including:
- mistake (including its role as the paradigm unjust enrighment claim);
- ineffective contracts;
- restitution after breach of contract;
- restitution for wrongs;
- property and restitution;
- equity and restitution; and
- other topical issues.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. Explain and apply to a complex hypothetical factual problem the law relating to selected topics taught in the course;
2. Demonstrate an advanced and general understanding of the theoretical debates concerning the structure, content and methodology of the law of Restitution;
3. Conduct research with some independence to critically evaluate the theoretical debates concerning the structure, content and methodology of the law of Restitution;
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of the law of Restitution to other categories of the law of obligations and to Equity, and to synthesise knowledge in these areas of law.
Indicative AssessmentA 50% compulsory research essay and 50% compulsory end of semester take-home examination.
Overview of the assessment scheme
1. A compulsory research essay due mid-semester (50% of the final mark for the course);
2. A compulsory end of semester take-home examination (50% of the final mark for the course).
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WorkloadThree contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
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- 6 units
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4952||20 Feb 2017||27 Feb 2017||31 Mar 2017||26 May 2017||In Person||N/A|