2018 Winter School Subject List

Intro to Property and Commercial Law (LAWS5008) - Opens 04 Oct 2016

Faculty: Law (Sydney Law School)
Department: Law
Level: Postgraduate
Credit Points: 6

(1)  Cameron Stewart - Cameron.stewart@usyd.edu.au

(1)  Cameron Stewart - Cameron.stewart@usyd.edu.au

Start Date: 30 Nov 2016 
End Date: 08 Dec 2016 
Capacity: 30 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 04 Oct 2016 
Applications Close: 21 Nov 2016 
Census date: 03 Jan 2017 
On-time withdrawals close: 03 Jan 2017 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No


  1. Prerequisite: - 


  2. Note: - 

    All enrolments are subject to approval by the Sydney Law School.

  3. Note: - 

    Enrolment is restricted to University of Sydney Juris Doctor of Laws students only.


Property law and commercial law are two key sources of rights and obligations in modern western law. This subject provides an introduction to both areas of law, and shows the ways in which they are inter-related. The unit is designed to provide an opportunity to consider the role these areas of law play in Australian society, as well as giving a good grounding in legal principle.

Key topics covered will include: notions of “property”; an introduction to personal property (including ownership, possessory and security interests); an introduction to real property (including the doctrine of tenure and estates and rights to fixtures); an overview of the principles underpinning old system, Torrens and native title to land; the nature and classification of legal and equitable interests in land and personalty; the principles governing the creation and assignment of rights to property at common law and in equity (including by sale and by compulsion - such as by bankruptcy), and an introduction to the statutory and general law principles for resolving competing claims to property. Additionally, the unit provides an opportunity to develop problem-solving skills and skills in interpreting statutes dealing with the creation and transfer of, and priorities between, proprietary interests


Structured Class Presentation 20%; Take Home exam 80%


Start Date: 30 Nov 2016     End Date: 08 Dec 2016


Abercrombie Business School Case Study Lecture Theatre 1070

Wed 30 Nov 2016 - 09:00-17:00 hrs
Thu 01 Dec 2016 - 09:00-17:00 hrs
Fri 02 Dec 2016 - 09:00-17:00 hrs

Mon 05 Dec 2016 - 09:00-17:00 hrs
Tue 06 Dec 2016 - 09:00-17:00 hrs
Wed 07 Dec 2016 - 09:00-17:00 hrs
Thu 08 Dec 2016 - 09:00-17:00 hrs


Robert Chambers, An Introduction to Property Law in Australia 3rd edition 2013 Grattan and McCracken, Introduction to Property and Commercial Law, LBC 2016