• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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This course introduces students to the law of personal bankruptcy in Australia and further develops the law of corporate insolvency - as broadly introduced in the prerequisite course, Corporations Law. While understanding legal terminology, concepts, doctrine and processes are all vital to grasping and applying bankruptcy and insolvency laws, the course also seeks to frame those aspects in a wider historical, social, economic and policy context.

The course begins with an overview of debtor-creditor relations and the pre-insolvency context. Beyond this introductory phase, the course is broadly divided into two blocks, focusing initially upon personal bankruptcy - with attention directed to the Bankruptcy Act 1966 (Cth) - and then corporate insolvency - focusing upon Part 5 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

The course will be of interest to a variety of students. The Global Financial Crisis has generated tremendous activity and many opportunities in this field of law, as well as public pressure for reforming the law. Bankruptcy and Insolvency is a key area of specialised or general legal practice in firms of all sizes and locations. Many issues within this field overlap with a range of other fields such as: contracts, torts, property, equity and trusts, succession, constitutional, criminal, litigation and dispute management, evidence, commercial law, corporate law, banking and finance, taxation, administrative law, consumer protection, employment and family law. The course may also be of particular interest to students undertaking combined degrees or having experience or employment aspirations in business, commerce, public policy or the community law sector - and, indeed, to anyone else with an over-extended credit card.

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a program which includes the Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor and completed LAWS2203/LAWS6203 Corporations Law.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9180 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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