Faculty of Law

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2013


Topics include: introduction to class actions; criteria for bringing a class action; costs and class action; compensating the class lawyer; settlement; financing class actions; and court regulation of communication with the class.


Upon completing this unit, students should:

  • appreciate the historical development of class actions (CA) or their equivalent;
  • have a comprehensive understanding of the sources of CA in each of the target countries;
  • be able to evaluate the aims, the means and the consequences of an effective class action device;
  • understand the range of alternatives to a class action in individually non-viable claims;
  • be able to evaluate the evolving role of the judiciary in both common law and civil law jurisdictions;
  • understand the relative roles and powers of courts and the legislature in class actions;
  • evaluate the role of the 'lawyer entrepreneur model'; and
  • be familiar with the comparative method as it applies to class actions.


100% examination (2.5 hours plus 10 minutes reading/settling time) OR 50% examination (1.5 hours plus 10 minutes reading/settling time) and 50% research paper (3500 words).