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LAWS6307: Class Action Litigation in Australia

2024 unit information

This unit of study will focus on the practice and procedure of class actions, which have emerged as the fastest growing species of litigation in Australia. Students will review the threshold requirements of commencing a class action, the processes by which class actions are brought to mediation and trial, and the perspectives of plaintiffs, defendants and third party litigation funders. The intersections of the legal and economic aspects of class actions will be considers in the context of a variety of species of this litigation, including shareholder, consumer, product liability, mass torts, environmental and cartel conduct claims. Students will review the relevant state and federal legislation governing class actions and case law that has developed in this area, together with developing a real-world practical understanding of how this litigation is conducted before the Courts. Further information about this unit is available in the Sydney Law School timetable, unit of study outline and academic staff profile

Unit details and rules

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Code LAWS6307
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
LAWS6230 or LAWS6869
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate an understanding of the requirements for commencing a class action and the processes by which class actions are conducted from commencement through to settlement or judgment.
  • LO2. Demonstrate a knowledge and comprehension of the relevant state and federal legislation governing class actions and the relevant case law across each relevant Australian jurisdiction.
  • LO3. Demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives and interests of various stakeholders in class actions, including the parties, group members (consumers and shareholders), insurers, and economic and other incentives of each; this will include understanding the real-world context in which class actions arise, and whether class actions achieve appropriate outcomes.
  • LO4. Demonstrate an understanding of proposals and arguments for reform of the law and practice of class actions.
  • LO5. Demonstrate the ability to debate with persuasive arguments topical issues in class action litigation and policy.
  • LO6. Demonstrate enhanced written communication skills on issues related to class action litigation.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal evening Castlereagh St, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2021
Normal evening Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal evening Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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