law3rem remedies




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This is a capstone subject focused on private law remedies # the doctrines governing the orders a court may make to remedy a breach of legal duty. Students will have touched on remedies in almost every other core subject in the law degree. This subject consolidates and builds upon that existing knowledge and gives students an opportunity to draw together the disparate threads of the law degree and to compare the various outcomes possible across different doctrines and areas of law. The subject is taught in three modules # Coercive Remedies (particularly injunctions and specific performance), Common Law Compensatory Remedies (focusing Contract and Tort damages) and Equitable and statutory Compensatory and Restitutionary Remedies. Intensive lecture modules alternate with Seminars in which students will apply remedies principles to case study problems using team based learning, culminating in a settlement negotiation.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorHannah Robert

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1LIM and (LAW2TOT or LAW2TOR) and (LAW2CTA and LAW2CNT) and (LAW2CTB or LAW2CCC) and (LAW2FPL and LAW2RPT or LAW2PRP) and (LAW3ETR or LAW3EQT)


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Must be admitted to any Bachelor of Laws UG degree or have permission from Law Director of Programs

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsRemedies in Australian Private LawPrescribedKaty Barnett and Sirko HarderCAMBRIDGE UP 2014
ReadingsGetting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving InRecommendedRoger Fisher, William L. Ury, Bruce PattonPENGUIN, 3RD ED 2011
ReadingsRemedies: Commentary and MaterialsRecommendedMichael Tilbury, Michael Gilooly, Elise Bant, Normann WitzlebLAWBOOK, 5TH ED 2011

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify which remedies are available for a particular cause of action using relevant case law and legislation, and explain the appropriate method for calculating compensatory remedies.

Injunction submissions; letter of advice; settlement negotiation

02. Apply the principles governing remedies to the facts of a dispute and make a reasoned analysis about the likely court outcomes.

Injunction submissions; letter of advice; settlement negotiation.

03. Clearly communicate complex legal concepts and doctrines in a relevant way.

Injunction submissions; letter of advice; settlement negotiation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills(Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills(Writing,Speaking)

04. Demonstrate professional judgment in assessing which remedies may deliver the best result for a client in a particular situation.

Letter of advice; settlement negotiation

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHannah Robert

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
Seven 3.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 32 - 43
Four 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Practice Negotiation (15%); Memo (7.5%) Negotiation Performance (7.5%)1501, 02, 03, 04
Settlement Negotiation - Negotiation Performance 40%4001, 02, 03, 04
Settlement Negotiation - Letter of Advice to Client 30%3001, 02, 03, 04
Class Participation in problem solving exercises (3% each for 5 exercises)1501, 02, 03