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LAWS6859: Law of Agency

2023 unit information

This unit of study covers the application and main doctrines of the law of agency, including the problems of authority, apparent authority, ratification, the doctrine of the undisclosed principal, liability of the unauthorised agent and whether authority can be made irrevocable; also the legal and equitable principles governing the relationship between principal and agent and the extent to which a party may be deemed to know something because his, her or its agent does.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:


Code LAWS6859
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Students are encouraged to complete LAWS6987 Fundamentals of Commercial Law prior to undertaking this unit, but it is not a pre-requisite

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

  • LO1. Understand and apply the relevant principles of agency law through discussion and evaluation of hypothetical scenarios discussed in class
  • LO2. Critically assess the operation of legislation and common law principles that apply to common agency situations through consideration of different stakeholder perspectives on the role and responsibility of agents
  • LO3. Understand and apply relevant agency law principles to common across a range of common commercial agency situations

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2023
Normal evening Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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