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Unit Overview


This unit covers some of the more difficult concepts associated with general insurance law, such as the duty of utmost good faith, a non-party's right to sue on an insurance contract, causation, the nature of an insurer's promise to indemnify, subrogation, and the duties of a lawyer when retained by an insurer and double insurance.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Students are able to (1) identify relevant legal issues; (2) analyse the law logically and methodically; (3) apply the law to the facts; and (4) persuade, by their reasoning process, why their conclusion in relation to a problem is the right one and why any insistent alternatives are not correct for the circumstances (through their knowledge of the common law and equitable principles relevant to insurance law and the Insurance Contracts Act 1984).

Students demonstrate achievement of the outcomes in a variety of assessment methods which may include an essay and an oral presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 1 hour per week

The unit is structured around Greg Pynt’s text Australian Insurance Law: a First Reference, 3rd edn: LexisNexis 2014

The Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth) is central to an understanding of insurance law in Australia.  Students should have ready access to it at all times.

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