Commercial Law

Course code LAWS5061
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


This course introduces students to the laws governing commercial transactions, primarily in the area of personal property. The course deals at length with the Sale of Goods Act 1923 (NSW) and with product liability. The course also covers the Australian Consumer Law, particularly in relation to consumer transactions and consumer guarantees and the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth).



  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a comprehensive contextual knowledge of the concepts and principles of commercial law;

2. Demonstrate an understanding of legal processes relevant to commercial law;

3. Interpret primary materials relevant to commercial law and apply the law to commercial problems to determine an arguable outcome;

4. Identify legal principles and employ legal techniques to analyse competing considerations and resolve practical problems in the area of commercial law;

5. Draft basic contract terms that might be used in legal practice;

6. Structure and present a coherent and persuasive legal argument.


Topics covered are:

  1. Transfer of property in goods
  2. Sale of Goods, including outline of Sale of Goods Act and the Australian Consumer Law provisions affecting sales of goods
  3. The Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth)
  4. Bailment
  5. Sale of Goods Implied Warranties
  6. Implied terms and their exclusion under the ACL
  7. Remedies under the ACL


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed Knowledge

Legal System and Method (LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B,) Torts (LAWS1003A, LAWS1003B), Criminal Law (LAWS2004A, LAWS2004B) Contracts (LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B), and Company Law (LAWS4005)

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Mid Semester Assignment

Formal Examination: Examination

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term