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Dr Luck lectures in Equity and Trusts Law, Civil Procedure and Commercial Law at The University of Queensland. Prior to joining the Law School, Kai worked as a Senior Associate at several top-tier international law firms, most recently US firm Jones Day, with his practice concentrating on corporate law, corporate governance, insolvency and commercial litigation and arbitration. Kai is a member of the Corporations Law Committees of the Law Council of Australia and the Queensland Law Society and is a regular contributor to industry seminars, conferences and publications.

Dr Luck has received consistently positive feedback from his students for delivering practical, relevant material in a ‘user friendly’ fashion. He focuses on breaking down the stigma and complexity of the law by encouraging an engaging, cooperative and friendly learning environment in which students can understand difficult legal concepts and expand their learningLAWS5215 Civil Procedure concerns some of the key skills required for the practice of law. It equips students with the tools to commence, conduct and conclude civil litigation in the common law adversarial system. Course content focuses on the rules, principles and procedures of civil litigation operating in Queensland – though some time is dedicated to comparing and contrasting the Queensland system against those operating in other jurisdictions, both in Australia and internationally.

Civil Procedure has intellectual and practical aspects. Students are introduced to a wide range of topic areas relevant to each stage of civil litigation. These areas include: the commencement of proceedings, the concept and operation of jurisdiction, identification of parties and causes of action, service and disclosure of documents, pleadings, alternative dispute resolution, pre-trial applications and the civil trial. Building on an intellectual foundation, students will be introduced to practical tools and resources such as court forms and example pleadings, and will gain an in-depth knowledge of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules (Qld) (‘UCPR(Q)’) and other important resources in the area.

Assessment focuses on putting civil procedure knowledge into practice through, for example, mastering the UCPR(Q), drafting legal documents, making strategic decisions on case management, and working through a hypothetical case. Opportunities will be provided for critical reflection on civil procedure in Queensland. For instance, throughout this course students will consider the role of costs, a lawyer’s various obligations, and the sometimes challenging aim of balancing justice, efficiency and fairness in civil proceedings.


Hawken Engineering Building 50 Room T03

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