- Class Number 8108
- Term Code 2960
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Philippa Ryan
- Dr Darryn Jensen
- William Gummow
- Prof Pauline Ridge
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/07/2019
- Class End Date 25/10/2019
- Census Date 31/08/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
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:
- 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.
All of the lecturers in this course are actively engaged in research in the area of equity and trusts. This research informs their teaching.
Philippa Ryan's current research explores trust and distrust in digital economies and autonomous systems, including smart contracts enabled by blockchain technology. Her doctoral thesis concerned equitable third party liability.
Pauline Ridge’s current research concerns accessory liability and equitable third party liability, equitable tracing, and private law’s regulation of religious financing (including charity law and equitable vitiating doctrines). Her doctoral thesis also concerned equitable third party liability. A list of her publications can be accessed at http://law.anu.edu.au/staff/pauline-ridge.
Darryn Jensen’s doctoral thesis was largely concerned with resulting and constructive trusts. He has published articles and book chapters concerning fiduciary obligations and equitable remedies with a particular emphasis on constructive trusts. A sample list of his publications can be accessed at https://law.anu.edu.au/staff/darryn-jensen.
Justice Gummow was a leading equity practitioner and scholar before being appointed to the Federal Court of Australia and subsequently to the High Court of Australia. He is currently a Non-Permanent Member of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal. He continues to publish articles on equity-related topics.
GE Dal Pont, Equity and Trusts: Commentary and Materials (7th ed, Lawbook Co, 2018)
GE Dal Pont, Equity and Trusts in Australia (6th ed, LBC Information Services, 2015)
MW Bryan, VJ Vann and S Barkehall Thomas, Equity and Trusts in Australia (Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed, 2017)
M Evans, BL Jones and T M Power, Equity and Trusts (4th ed, LexisNexis Butterworths, 2016)
P Radan and C Stewart, Principles of Australian Equity and Trusts (2nd ed, LexisNexis, 2013)
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
Extensions late submission and penalties - https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties
Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties
Distribution of Grades Policy: Effective from Winter Session and Second Semester 2018 (and until further notice), the interim scaling guideline applies to all courses in the LLB (Hons) and JD programs. Please see: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading
Further Information about the Course: is available from the course WATTLE page. Students are required to access the WATTLE site regularly throughout the course for details on weekly classes and any announcements relating to the course.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction to Equity; Course Administration||Philippa Ryan|
|2||Fiduciary Obligations||Philippa Ryan|
|3||Fiduciary Obligations Assignments in Equity||Philippa Ryan Darryn Jensen|
|4||Assignments in Equity Introduction to Trusts JD Master Class||Darryn Jensen Professor Gummow|
|5||Creation of Express Trusts||Darryn Jensen|
|6||Creation of Express Trusts||Darryn Jensen|
|7||Express Trusts: Charities, Formalities, Illegalities JD Master Class||Professor Gummow|
|8||Trust Administration||Philippa Ryan|
|9||Remedies for Breach of Trust and Fiduciary Duty; Tracing||Pauline Ridge|
|10||Third Party Liability||Pauline Ridge|
|11||Resulting and Constructive Trusts||Pauline Ridge|
|12||Course Overview and Revision||Philippa Ryan, Darryn Jensen, Pauline Ridge|
See university timetable for times and locations of tutorials. Tutorial registration will be available through the course Wattle site and opens on Monday, 8 July at 5pm.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Online Quiz||0 %||30/08/2019||30/08/2019||1,2|
|Mid-Semester Take Home Examination||30 %||31/08/2019||30/09/2019||1,2,3|
|Final Take Home Examination||50 %||31/10/2019||28/11/2019||1,2,3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
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The workload expectation for each six-unit course at the ANU is 10 hours per week, including class contact hours.
Active participation through questions and discussion is encouraged. Reading the relevant prescribed materials prior to attending class that week will assist you to follow the discussion and to identify important issues. JD tutorials are not compulsory, however it is expected that you attend. In this course, tutorials have three purposes: first, to develop your capacity to apply legal rules and principles to factual scenarios, secondly, to develop your critical thinking skills through the discussion of the principles studied in the course and in considering competing proposals and solutions to problems and, thirdly, to facilitate student wellbeing through peer to peer learning and support.
If you cannot attend your enrolled group in any week you are still encouraged to attend another group where numbers and teaching space permit. Students wishing to attend a group that they are not enrolled in should seek the tutor’s permission before class. Tutorials are not recorded and personal recording is forbidden.
Please note that the date in the assessment summary is approximate only. The final take home exam will be held in the final examination period. The exam paper will be released on WATTLE at the same time and date as the commencement of the LAWS2205 final exam (see Examination Timetable).
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Brief Description: The quiz is designed so that students can test their understanding of basic concepts taught in the lectures from Weeks 1-4 and obtain feedback about misunderstandings without any effect on their final grades. There will be ten multiple choice questions relating to content from Week 1-4.
Nature of Task: Optional.
Release: 5pm Monday, 19 August via Wattle.
Due date: 12 midnight Friday, 30 August via Wattle. Late submission is allowed, although not advised unless you are sitting a deferred take home exam or a supplementary exam.
Estimated return date: You will be provided with a mark and feedback immediately upon completion of the quiz.
Assessment Criteria: This assessment is not weighted towards a student’s final grade, but the feedback provided to students will include a mark based on the number of correct responses. The quiz is designed so that students can test their understanding of basic concepts and obtain feedback about misunderstandings without any effect on their final grades.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Mid-Semester Take Home Examination
Brief Description: This examination will consist of two problem style questions (that may have internal parts) relating to material taught in lectures in Weeks 1-4 (Fiduciaries and Assignments in Equity) and in the related tutorials. There will be no choice of questions.
Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to complete this task will result in a mark of 0.
Word limit: 1,500 words
Release: 1pm Saturday, 31 August 2019 via Wattle (end of Week 6).
Due date: 6pm on Saturday, 31 August 2019 via Turnitin. No late submissions are permitted.
Estimated return date: Week 9. An announcement will be made via WATTLE when the marked exams may be accessed via Turnitin.
Assessment Criteria: Examination answers should demonstrate an understanding of the doctrinal material assessed in the exam; specifically they should:
- Analyse the facts of a hypothetical problem and identify the relevant legal issues;
- Accurately and concisely summarise the relevant law, providing relevant authority from the course material (including material from non-Australian jurisdictions where appropriate) in support;
- Formulate legal arguments relevant to the resolution of the legal issues drawing by analogy from cases covered in the course where relevant and appropriate;
- Where relevant, analyse and predict how unresolved or ambiguous doctrinal questions could be resolved;
- Come to a reasoned conclusion as to the likely resolution of the problem;
- Describe and evaluate the fundamental themes underlying their answers where requested to do so by the question.
- The quality of the written expression, structure and compliance with the conventions of spelling and grammar.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Final Take Home Examination
Brief Description: The take home exam will consist of problem-style questions and may include short essay-style questions relating to material covered in the course. There will be no choice of questions. All topics are examinable, including topics covered in Week 1. While topics other than Fiduciary Obligations and Assignments in Equity will be emphasised, one or more of the questions may assume knowledge of these topics.
Nature of Task: Compulsory, non-redeemable. Failure to complete this task will result in a mark of 0. If you do not achieve a result of 45% or more in this exam, even if you otherwise would receive a final course result of 50 or more, you may be awarded a PX result.
Word limit: 3,000 words
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Release: Please note that the date in the assessment summary is approximate only. The exam will be held in the final examination period. The exam paper will be released on WATTLE at the same time and date as the commencement of the LAWS2205 final exam (see Examination Timetable).
Due date: TBA via Turnitin. No late submissions will be accepted.
Estimated return date: After final results are released via Turnitin
Assessment Criteria: The same assessment criteria apply to the problem-based questions as for the take home exam. The essay-style short answers should provide a reasoned response to the question that goes beyond description of the relevant law and contains critical evaluation of the law. Answers will also be assessed on the quality of the written expression, structure and compliance with the conventions of spelling and grammar.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 2,3
Brief Description: The essay should demonstrate the ability to carry out substantial research and present a well-reasoned legal argument in response to the question that goes beyond mere description of the relevant law.
Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to complete this task will result in a mark of 0.
Word limit: 1,200 words.
Release: The essay topics will be posted on WATTLE by the end of Week 4.
Due date: 4pm, Monday, 21 October via Turnitin (Week 12). Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, although late penalties will apply.
Estimated return date: On release of final course results. Marked essays will be available via Turnitin.
- Independent Research
- Written Communication
- Structure of Essay
- Referencing and Compliance with Citation Style
- Response to Question
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- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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Dr Ryan's area of expertise is commercial equity, in particular the liability of third parties to a breach of trust. Her PhD formulated a new classification for accessorial liability. Her current research explores trust and distrust in digital economies and autonomous systems, including smart contracts enabled by blockchain technology.
Dr Philippa Ryan
Dr Darryn Jensen