Interpretation of Contracts - LAWS3395

Faculty: Faculty of Law

School: Faculty of Law

Course Outline: See below

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: Completion of 78 UOC in LAWS courses.

Excluded: JURD7395

CSS Contribution Charge: 3 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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This elective course examines systematically and in depth (to a degree not feasible in the compulsory core UNSW contract law courses) the major legal principles and associated practical and evidentiary issues in finding express and implied contractual terms, and in interpreting their meaning and effect in various contexts (including those raising issues of mistake and/or contractual frustration). Students receive extensive practice in analysing construction disputes within the adversary system.

Main Topics
  • Express oral and written terms
  • Signed and unsigned documents
  • Limitations of signature
  • Conflicts between oral and written promises
  • The parole evidence rule
  • Misleading pre-contractual statements
  • Entire Agreement Clauses
  • Estoppels
  • Implied terms
  • Exclusion clauses
  • Canons of interpretation
  • Rectification
  • Evidence admissible in construction
  • Mistake
  • Contractual frustration
More information can be found on the Course Outline Website.
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