Contracts Notes

These notes are based on memoranda taken during lectures, whilst reading primary and secondary materials, upon reflection, and in critique. They are structured around areas of contract law, and are intended as an introductory reference to the law as I understand it.

The jurisdiction to which these writings are most applicable is Victoria, Australia. However, other Australian states are reasonbly similar. Some parallels exist between the principles of Australian contract law and those of other common law countries, and the notes may serve as a summary for comparative purposes in that regard.

Of other students, who may make use of these materials in their preparation for examinations or moots, I ask only one thing: please report any errors — suspected or blatant, legal or typographical — to the author by one of the following means: the comments section at the bottom of the page, e-mail, or MSN Messenger using the aforementioned address.

Last Update

The notes are current as of June 2004. That is to say that they describe the law as I understand it at the present moment in the aforementioned jurisdiction. Uncertainties are noted where applicable; however, there are several key principles currently awaiting redecision or having been granted special leave to appeal to the High Court of Australia (most notably Toll v Alphapharm), so the law is undoubtedly going to change in various respects. As such, they are not to be relied upon as a sole source of information about contractual principles, whether for assessment, private study, legal advice, or any other purpose whatsoever.

Topic Summaries

Part I - Introduction
Part II - Contract in Private Law
Part III - Offer
Part IV - Acceptance
Part V - Consideration
Part VI - Intention
Part VII - Certainty
Part VIII - Equitable Estoppel
Part IX - The Doctrine of Privity
Part X - Incorporation of Terms
Part XI - Interpretation and Construction
Part XII - Implied Terms

Additional summaries, checklists, and revision material tailored for the 730-202 University of Melbourne subject are available upon request.

A Note about Formatting

The standard adopted throughout is that of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation. Formatting, referencing, layout, grammar, punctuation, spelling, case citation, and enumeration are made in accordance with the applicable rules. Any breaches thereof that are brought to the attention of the author will be kindly rewarded with candy of some kind (not intended to be binding; reliance would be unreasonable, though appreciated).

A Note about Sources

To the extent that the notes derive from lectures and course materials, acknowledgent is here offered for the contributions of lecturers and subject co-ordinator. All other sources are acknowledged where applicable; however footnotes are ommitted for brevity.

Posted by Jaani at May 16, 2005 01:21 AM


thanks for posting up the notes! =D

Posted by: cn1 [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 17, 2006 07:33 PM

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