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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Insurance Law
    Subject Law
    EFTS 0.1
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $730.20
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
    Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
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