Vitiating Factors

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Vitiating Factors

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    This course will look at possible vitiating factors for a contract. Students will consider the capacity to
    contract of certain vulnerable groups, such as children. We will look at what happens if one of the parties
    enters the contract due to improper pressure that was placed on them be it duress or undue influence. We will
    also consider what is the effect of a party entering a contract because of a misrepresentation that was made or
    whilst labouring under a mistaken belief. We will also consider the effect on a contract of an unexpected
    event occuring after a contract has been entered but before it has been performed. We will also consider the
    range of remedies that are available following on from a breach of contract. Particular emphasis will be
    placed on damages and we will look at the principles underpinning the assesement of damages. Students will
    also consider the range of other remedies available that a court might award.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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