• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Human Sciences, Immunology and Microbiology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Carl Moller
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Winter Session 2023
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This course will examine the basic concepts and principles informing corporate insolvency regimes to identify and evaluate the incentives embedded in them and the goals sought to be achieved. Perspectives from other jurisdictions will be used, where relevant, to evaluate corporate insolvency processes and outcomes. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Theories and goals of corporate insolvency
  • Rescue versus liquidation
  • Incentives to initiate corporate insolvency processes
  • Director liability
  • Insolvency professionals

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Investigate and critically evaluate corporate insolvency theories and principles.
  2. Reflect critically on corporate insolvency processes.
  3. Explore and review developing issues and debates with respect to corporate insolvency and the management of corporate assets (for example cryptocurrencies).
  4. Critically analyse and assess complex information at a theoretical level to develop understanding of and problem solving skills with respect to corporate insolvency and communicate solutions to a variety of audiences.
  5. Plan and conduct legal research on practical and policy questions relating to corporate insolvency.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Contributions to online blog (800 words x 3 blogs; 2,400 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Peer review of blog posts (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research Essay (3,800 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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  • Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
  • Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week.

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a; Master of Laws (MLLM) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; or Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; or Graduate Certificate of New Technologies Law (CNTL); or Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; or Master of Financial Management and Law (MFIML) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions. Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for appropriate permission.

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Alternatively, this information will be published in the Program course list when known.

Preliminary Reading


Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed the student will have a basic understanding of corporations law.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2023 $4860
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4642 04 Sep 2023 05 Sep 2023 15 Sep 2023 03 Nov 2023 Online View

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