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:
- Explain and apply to a complex hypothetical factual problem the law relating to selected topics taught in the course;
- Demonstrate an advanced and general understanding of the theoretical debates concerning the structure, content and methodology of the law of Restitution;
- Conduct research with some independence to critically evaluate the theoretical debates concerning the structure, content and methodology of the law of Restitution;
- 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.
Classes may be offered in non-standard sessions and be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours). Please refer to the LLB timetable for dates. Please contact the ANU College of Law Student Administration Services to request a permission code to enrol in classes offered in non-standard sessions.
- A compulsory research essay due mid-semester (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- A compulsory end of semester take-home examination (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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- Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 36 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. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
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