LAW4644 - Comparative remedies - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Normann Witzleb

Not offered in 2019


LAW1101 Introduction to legal reasoning; LAW1104 Research and writing; LAW2101 Contract A and LAW2102 Contract B, or an equivalent introductory course in contract law at another university; LAW2201 Torts A and LAW2202 Torts B, or an equivalent introductory course in tort law at another university.


This unit takes a comparative approach to the law of remedies for civil wrongs. It examines the treatment of selected remedial issues in various common law jurisdictions.

The topics covered include the following:

  1. Aims and methods of comparative legal studies;
  2. Compensation for non-pecuniary loss in contract and tort;
  3. Effect of contributory negligence in contract and tort;
  4. Liability of multiple wrongdoers;
  5. Gain-based remedies in contract and tort;
  6. Punitive damages in contract and tort;
  7. Vindication as an aim of damages;
  8. Specific relief and personal-service agreements.


Class participation (10%); research assignment (max.1500 words) (30%); take home examination (max.3000 words) (60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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