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Unit Overview


In this unit, students learn about the main private law remedies organised according to their dominant functions. The first part of the unit considers compensatory remedies and in the second part, restitutionary, punitive and coercive remedies are also considered. The unit has a strong practical focus, given the importance of remedies in practice. Students critically examine available remedies and the circumstances of their availability and also consider possible reforms.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) identify, state accurately, and explain the main private law remedies, and the relationship between causes of action and remedies.; (2) solve hypothetical legal problems by identifying available remedies and articulating reasons for them.; (3) develop a critical understanding of some contemporary issues in the law of remedies.; (4) demonstrate appreciation for scholarship in some areas of the law of remedies.; (5) critically evaluate the law of remedies and its application.; (6) engage in debates on the need for change in the law of remedies.; (7) cite correctly appropriate authorities in written work.; (8) demonstrate a willingness and ability to contribute meaningfully and responsibly to class discussions.; (9) demonstrate effective oral communication skills.; and (10) demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively and professionally with other students..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment; (2) tutorial participation; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Jessica Kerr
Unit rules
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law,
and LAWS5103 Equity and Trusts
Contact hours
4 hours per week

Barnett, K. and Harder S., Remedies in Australian Private Law, 2nd edn: CUP 2018

Witzleb, N. et al. Remedies: Commentary and Materials, 6th edn: Lawbook Co. 2015


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