LAW350 Advanced Commercial Law (8)

Business governance: the ethical, statutory and regulatory controls on business and methods of dispute resolution are covered. A comparative study is undertaken of available business organisations - partnerships, trusts, companies - their regulation, advantages and disadvantages. An introduction to international business law is also covered.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Accounting and Finance

Assumed Knowledge

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

- be able to outline and explain business as an economic, ethical and social activity which has a responsibility to contribute to the welfare of society;
- be able to explain how businesses are affected by the interplay of legal, taxation and administrative requirements;
- be able to outline and explain methods of preventing and resolving commercial disputes;
- be able to discuss the law of partnerships, trusts and the operation of the proprietary company in small business;
- be able to, on being presented with factual situation, suggest an appropriate business structure and justify it;
- be able to explain legal regulation and other considerations vital to a business and professional person in private or public practice;
- be able to outline and describe the particular aspects of international law which are relevant for Australian businesses.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- The objectives of business organisations; accountability of business and commerce; social responsibility; business ethics; the place of corporate and commercial regulation;
- Principles of governance and regulation of business organisations: Trade Practices legislation, Fair Trading legislation, Professional Body regulation and Codes;
- Alternative methods of dispute resolution in business and the professions;
- The law of Partnerships; advantages and disadvantages of a Partnership in business; taxation of partnerships;
- The law of Trusts; trading trusts and trust structures in business; advantages and disadvantages of a Trust in business; taxation of trusts;
- The proprietary company in the business environment; companies in business structures (holding companies, trustee companies); taxation of companies.
- Aspects of International business law with particular reference to International Contracts.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.