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    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
    • Contract interpretation and implied terms
    • The function and scope of damages
    • Gain-based remedies
    • The rule against penalties
    • Negotiating damages

    About this paper

    Paper title Advanced Contract and Tort
    Subject Law
    EFTS 0.1
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $730.20
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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 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:

    • Acquire in-depth knowledge of the most significant principles and concepts of contract law and an ability to apply these to practical legal problems
    • Be able to conduct research by formulating a research question; identifying the information needed; and locating, retrieving, evaluating and using it effectively
    • Be able to analyse legal contract issues logically
    • Be able to critically evaluate weaknesses and strengths of the current law and any need for reform
    • Be able to communicate information and arguments effectively, both orally (in class discussions) and in writing (in essays and in legal opinions on hypothetical fact scenarios)
    • Have the capacity for self-directed activity and the ability to work independently


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42
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