Faculty of Law

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2013 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

print version

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

To find units available for enrolment in the current year, you must make sure you use the indexes and browse unit tool in the current edition of the Handbook.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2013


Topics include: the legal consequences of an individual or company becoming insolvent; the objectives and features of insolvency law; the proceedings leading to bankruptcy and liquidation; the impact of bankruptcy and liquidation on contractual and property rights; property available to creditors including the antecedent transaction provisions of the Bankruptcy Act and Corporations Law; claims which can be made in bankruptcy and liquidation; the administrative machinery of insolvency and alternatives to bankruptcy and liquidation.


Upon completion of this unit students should:

  1. have a basic understanding of the various views, including economic theories, concerning the rationale for and objectives of insolvency law
  2. understand the meaning and significance of the legal concept of insolvency
  3. have an understanding of the impact of insolvency generally on an individual's rights and liabilities, including the impact of insolvency on contractual and property rights and on obligations
  4. understand the legal principles and rules governing bankruptcy and liquidation: including insolvency administration; voluntary and involuntary insolvency proceedings; the meaning and consequences of insolvency; the property available to creditors on bankruptcy/liquidation, including avoidance of antecedent transactions; the process of realising the insolvent estate for the benefit of creditors; criminal offences relating to bankruptcy; alternatives, formal and informal, to bankruptcy and liquidation
  5. be able to assess critically the effectiveness of the law in meeting its objectives
  6. appreciate the alternatives available to insolvent debtors to bankruptcy and liquidation.


Assignment (1500 words): 30% and examination (2 hours writing time plus 30 minutes reading and noting time): 70% OR examination (2 hours writing time plus 30 minutes reading and noting time): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week


LAW1100 OR LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104; LAW3402