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LAWS431 Advanced Contract and Tort

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

Advanced studies of selected topics in the law of contract and tort. The relationship between tortious and contractual liability.

This paper analyses selected contemporary issues arising in contract law. Examples of topics that may be covered include:

  • Theories of contract law
  • The role of consideration in contract formation
  • Vitiating factors (e.g. duress, undue influence, unconscionable bargains etc.)
  • Interpretation and implied terms
  • The function and scope of damages
  • Statutory remedies for cancellation
  • Gain-based remedies

Paper title Advanced Contract and Tort
Paper code LAWS431
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1000
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020, expected to be offered in 2021
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $672.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,118.80

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LAWS 202 and LAWS 301
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.
Teaching staff

Dr Simon Connell

Course materials are provided by the Faculty.
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
  • In-depth knowledge of the most significant principles and concepts of contract 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 contract issues logically
  • Critical evaluation of weaknesses and strengths of the current law and any need for reform
  • 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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Not offered in 2020, expected to be offered in 2021

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system