Law of Torts

Course NameLaw of Torts
Course CodeLEG216
DescriptionStudents will undertake a thorough study of the law of tort. The law of tort concerns the civil liability for the wrongful infliction of injury by one person upon another. During the course, students will be introduced to the different areas of tort law, as well as how each area can apply in various fact patterns. Students will learn how to analyze each of these areas and will understand their relationships and differences and will be able to properly apply them while supporting their arguments with applicable case law and statutes.
Students completing this module are expected to have knowledge and understanding of the main concepts and principles of tort law. In particular they should be able to:
– Demonstrate a critical awareness of the relationship between policy and principle in common law and legislative provisions in the tort of negligence;
– Explain the way in which the duty concept is used as a device to control liability for pure economic loss, psychiatric injury and the liability of public bodies;
– Analyse the legal principles governing liability of occupiers of premises; – Explain the law of nuisance and the rule in Rylands v Fletcher;
– Analyse the elements of a claim in defamation and the extent to which the defences to defamation promote free speech.

Students completing this module should be able to demonstrate:
– A developed capacity for effective legal analysis and argument;
– Enhanced reasoning skills in relation to moderately complex legal questions and problems;
– The ability to evaluate and critique standard legal materials and arguments;
– The ability to conduct moderately complex research exercises and use research evidence.
SchoolJohn H. Carey II School of Law
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS
PrerequisitesLevel 5 LLB