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LAWS426 Insurance Law

An introduction to insurance law, with particular emphasis on the duty of utmost good faith, the types of insurance, terms unique to insurance contracts, and subrogation and contribution.

Insurance law is an important area of commercial law, and this paper provides an introduction. The paper explores the idea that insurance is a unique and socially valued transaction that requires a special set of legal rules. In addition to the topics listed above, students will also gain knowledge of some selected significant topics in contemporary insurance, such as the interpretation of insurance contracts.

Paper title Insurance Law
Paper code LAWS426
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $710.30
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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LAWS 202 and 66 further LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
May not be credited together with LAWS472 passed in 2009-2011.
Teaching staff

Dr Simon Connell


Course readings via eReserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will have

  • In-depth knowledge of the most significant principles and concepts of insurance law and an ability to apply these to practical legal problems
  • Ability to conduct research by formulating a research question; identifying the information needed; and locating, retrieving, evaluating and using it effectively
  • Ability to analyse legal insurance issues logically and to consider different and often conflicting viewpoints on the appropriate policy and development of insurance law
  • Critical evaluation of weaknesses and strengths of the current law and any need for reform, with reference to approaches to insurance law taken in other jurisdictions
  • Ability to communicate information and arguments effectively, both orally (in class discussions) and in writing (in essays and in legal opinions on hypothetical fact scenarios)
  • Capacity for self-directed activity and the ability to work independently

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22