LAWGENRL 445 - The History of the Law of Obligations

Credit points: 10 points
Offered: Summer School (commencing Monday 13 January, ending Thursday 13 February 2020)
Contact hours: Lectures - 6 hours per week
Course Coordinator: Professor Warren Swain
Prerequisites: LAW 231, 241
Restrictions: LAWGENRL 423, LAWHONS 740

Course description

The doctrinal history of the law of contract, tort and unjust enrichment from the twelfth century to the twentieth century. Original primary materials in the form of case law and legal treatises are considered.

Content outline

The modern law is deeply rooted in historical sources. The focus of this course is on the historical foundations of the modern law of contract, tort and restitution. It will provide an introduction to historical method in the context of modern doctrinal legal history. Students on this course will have an opportunity to engage with historical case law and literature. Developments within the law of obligations will be used to shed light on the nature of legal development more generally.


500 word research proposal (10%)

5500 word research paper (90%)