LAWS5591 Personal Property

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit includes a short introduction to the theory of property which provides a sound theoretical foundation for the practical aspects of personal property. Common law property concepts of possession, rights to possession, bailment, accession, specification and mixing are examined. Forms of security including mortgages, charges, pledges and liens are also examined as well as the protection of property rights through conversion, detinue and vindication. The creation and protection of property rights also includes an examination of constructive and resulting trusts.
Students are able to (1) distinguish between the different types of personal property rights and how they are created and protected; (2) integrate their knowledge of property, torts, trusts, contract and equity; and (3) demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research on personal property issues.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay and (2) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit rules
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Students must attend every day of the intensive period.

There are no prescribed texts. Reading for each topic is drawn from several sources which are specified in the unit outline.

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