• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Pauline Ridge
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2018
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The traditional meaning of ‘Equity’ refers to the concepts, doctrines and remedies that originated in the English Court of Chancery before 1874. This course goes further and focuses upon the modern role of Equity by exploring how its concepts, doctrines and remedies are manifested across Australian private and public law, including in legislation. It also examines judicial methods characteristic of Equity. The course provides in-depth consideration of concepts, doctrines and remedies that are not generally studied at undergraduate level. The course also considers fundamental questions concerning judicial method, the organisation of private law, and the rule of law. The law will be covered from doctrinal and theoretical perspectives with emphasis upon topics that are the subject of recent litigation, public debate or academic scholarship. The course will cover seven broad topics (the content of which may vary):

• Equitable concepts (eg: conscience; the fiduciary principle; the trust; charity);

• Equity and contract (eg: relief against forfeiture; penalties; subrogation);

• Equity’s protection of relationships of trust and confidence (eg: trusts; fiduciary relationships; confidential information);

• Equity and statute (eg: consumer law; Torrens systems; corporations law; charity law; Lord Cairns Act);

• Equity and procedure (eg: subrogation; injunctions);

• Equitable method (eg: judgment in the round; remedial discretion);

• Equity in context (eg: relationship to unjust enrichment).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements will be able to:

1. Correctly identify, succinctly describe and analyse the equitable concepts, doctrines and remedies studied in the course;

2. Synthesise complex information, critically evaluate and theorise Equity’s concepts, doctrinal content and judicial methods;

3. Critically analyse, evaluate and apply equitable concepts, doctrines and remedies to a complex legal and/or public policy question and effectively advise a client, court or policy-maker on its resolution.

4. Through independent research, investigate and critically reflect on the theoretical and doctrinal material studied in the course;

5. Plan and execute the outcomes of independent research and critically reflect on the theoretical and doctrinal material in an extended piece of writing that complies with the conventions of scholarly writing.

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300SINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SENVL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five LAWS courses at 1000 level or 6100 level. OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (MJDOL) and have completed the course LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B.


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6870 22 Jun 2018 01 Aug 2018 13 Jul 2018 17 Sep 2018 In Person N/A

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