LAWS2207 Commercial Law

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Business Law major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
In this unit students will consider the two foundational pillars of contemporary Australian commercial law: secured transactions in personal property and e-commerce. The Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA) tackles the first pillar of secured transactions and is relevant to a broad range of everyday commercial transactions, such as bank lending, inventory financing, retail and consumer sales. Throughout the unit, students will learn not only the black-letter rules of PPSA and the relevant case law, but also commercial and policy considerations that underpin PPSA's rules. E-commerce is the second pillar of this unit and represents another vastly important aspect of contemporary commercial activity. Topics may include: online contracts, online defamation, Electronic Transaction Act, privacy, anti-spam legislation, and jurisdiction.
Students are able to (1) compare between the various types of security interests over property; (2) compare how the various types of security interests are created and perfected under the PPSA rules; (3) describe the registration requirements under the PPSA rules; (4) describe the priority of security interests under the PPSA rules; (5) assess the operational basis of traditional contract and torts doctrine in relation to online contracts and online defamation; (6) describe the main features of the Electronic Transaction Act and anti-spam legislation; and (7) assess the difficulties involved in the application of the traditional privacy and jurisdiction doctrines to the Internet sphere.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) test; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sagi Peari
Unit rules
LAWS1104 Introduction to Law
LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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