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Queensland Property Law Reforms – the New Property Law Act

29 May 2024 11:00am12:30pm
The Property Law Act 2023 (Qld) received royal assent on 2 November 2023 and commences on a day to be fixed by proclamation.
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Two models of the person in law

14 August 2024 1:00pm2:00pm
Professor Eric Descheemaeker, University of Melbourne, explores 2 models of the concept of person-at-law, and the implications these have for corporations, animals, and elements of nature.
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Circumscribing lawful act duress in Australia: Edelman's disproportionality, Hodge’s unconscionability and Burrows’ bad faith working paper

17 April 2024 1:00pm2:00pm
The High Court of Australia is yet to recognise a doctrine of lawful act duress, but this development seems likely to be only a matter of time.
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Uncommon and Unordinary Nuisance: The Implications of the Fearn Decision for Australian Law

3 April 2024 1:00pm2:00pm
The judgment of the United Kingdom Supreme Court in Fearn v Board of Trustees of The Tate Gallery is significant for at least two reasons.
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Unnecessary and Insufficient Factual Causes in the Law

14 September 2023 5:30pm
Presented by Professor Jane Stapleton KC (Hon) FBA, together with a commentary by Patrick Keane AC KC.

A Risk by Any Other Name

10 August 2023 2:00pm3:00pm
Professor Jodi Gardner analyses if volenti should be abolished and a clearer distinction developed between actions of defendants and that of plaintiffs.
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Remedies Impacting Rights: How the Availability of Specific Performance Impacts Assessment of Common Law Damages

5 July 2023 1:00pm2:00pm
This paper considers the question of whether (and if so, how) a promisee’s choice whether or not to try to enforce a contract by seeking an order for specific performance can bear upon the damages he or she obtains for the contract’s breach.
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The Application of Contracts

29 June 2023 1:00pm2:00pm
Dr Ryan Catterwell analyses the nature of contract application, examining the aim of the process and its mechanics, and explaining why and how we apply a contract.
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Life and Death in Private Law 2.0

22 June 2023 1:00pm5:00pm
Professor Kit Barker, Dr Andrew Fell, Dr Gregory Dale and Professor Mark Lunney discuss life and death in private law.
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Teaching Contract: My Way

31 May 2023 1:00pm2:00pm
Prof David McLauchlan introduces participants to the book that he is presently writing, entitled Teaching Contract: My Way. The seminar will be of interest to teachers of all private law subjects, not just the law of contract.
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The Role of the Married Femme Sole: Deserted Wives, Property and Coverture in the Nineteenth Century

11 May 2023 1:00pm2:00pm
Join Professor Danaya Wright from The University of Florida as she discusses deserted wives, property and coverture in the nineteenth century.
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Property as the Law of Institutional Artefacts

27 April 2023 1:00pm2:00pm
Using insights from the intersection of social ontology and the philosophy of material culture, Dr Kate Falconer will argue that the ‘thing’ at the centre of property rights is not in fact (or rather, not just) the ‘thing’ itself, but rather an institutional rendering of that object into an institutional artefact.
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Public Policy in the Private Law of Torts

22 March 2023 1:00pm2:00pm
Professor John Oberdiek, Rutgers Law School, distinguishes between principled and unprincipled appeals to public policy, and makes the case that even in resolutely non-consequentialist, relational accounts of tort law, public policy considerations can play a principled, if limited role.
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Comments on Enrichment

24 October 2022 8:00am9:30am
The Honorable Justice Edelman of the High Court of Australia will present a brief paper on the meaning and place of the concept of ‘enrichment’ in the developing law of Unjust Enrichment.
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Life and Death in Private Law

23 September 2022 9:00am5:00pm
This colloquium will bring together leading academics, legal practitioners, and members of the judiciary to engage with the shifting sands of life and death in challenging and diverse ways.
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The Conscience of Trust

13 July 2022 1:00pm2:00pm
Presented by Professor Irit Samet, Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College, London.
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The Many Obligations of Co-operation and Prevention in Contract Law

1 June 2022 1:00pm2:00pm
Dr Ryan Catterwell presents an analysis of the different obligations of co-operation and prevention that arise under the common law of contract. This session considers points of distinction, common threads, and whether a unified principle is possible.
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The Role of Democracy in Private Law

3 November 2021 1:00pm2:00pm
Dr Arie Rosen discusses his evaluation of the division of labour between democratic and professional procedures for generating contract law.
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Which of the Duties of Directors are Fiduciary?

25 October 2021 1:00pm2:00pm
This presentation, by John Story AO, will address the dominant approaches under Australian law to fiduciary classification generally and to that specific to the duties of directors.
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To be (Contracted) or not to be (Contracted)?

12 October 2021 1:00pm2:00pm
The Doctrine of Election in the Context of Terminating a Contract for Breach.
Presented by Rosemary Gibson
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Freedom of Contract and the Contract Institution

27 May 2021 1:00pm2:00pm
Dr Ryan Catterwell, The University of Queensland Law School.
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Are Liberal Theories of Property Ahistorical?

15 October 2020 12:00pm1:00pm
Dr Darryn Jensen, Australian National University | Zoom seminar
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Equity and Trusts in the Digital Economy

20 February 2020 9:00am5:00pm
This one-day conference examines the role that equitable doctrines and remedies play in the modern digital space, with a particular focus on blockchain technologies, intermediated securities and smart contracts.
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The Standardisation of Tort Damages

11 December 2019 12:00pm1:00pm
Presented by Eric Descheemaeker, Professor of Law at Melbourne Law School

Contractual Interpretation in English and French Law: Some Comparative Observations

24 October 2019 1:00pm2:00pm
Contract interpretation is at the core of commercial litigation in England. Comparison with France is particularly topical because French contract law has recently been through a major reform.

Reconceptualising Information Privacy Law for a Collected World

20 September 2019 12:00pm1:00pm
Presented by Associate Professor Mark Burdon, Queensland University of Technology.