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Commercial law: Contract law

Resources for Commercial law, including Competition and consumer law, Corporations and business law, Contract law, Industrial law, Intellectual property law, and Taxation law.

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Australian journals

Search for journal articles on contract law topics  in law and general academic journal article databases. Start with:

AGIS Plus | CaseBase | LegalTrac 

Below is a list of some specialised contract law journals, however articles may be found in a wide range of journals.

Study guides


A contract is a legally binding promise or agreement. (Halsbury's Laws of Australia [110-1] Definition)

The five major concerns of contract law analysis are:

(1) the processes by which contracts are formed, the identification of the parties and the indentification and interpretation of the terms of the contract so formed;

(2) the circumstances in which contractual agreement is affected by the presence of a vitiating factor or illegality;

(3) the requirements of contract performance and the circumstances in which breach of contract occur;

(4) the circumstances in which a contract will be discharged and the consequences of such a discharge; and

(5) the principles governing remedies for breach of contract.

(Halsbury's Laws of Australia [110-5] Concerns of contract law analysis)

Start finding out more about Contract Law using LexisNexis Practical Guidance - Business (browse under Contract law)

Australian cases

Use a case citator, CaseBase or FirstPoint, to find specific cases from Australian courts.

Australian Legislation