A tort is a civil wrong that causes physical or psychiatric injury, property damage or financial loss to another. A person who has suffered injury or loss due to a tort will be asking for damages or other remedies by way of compensation.

Liability in tort however depends on a range of factors including the nature of the defendant’s conduct, his or her state of mind at the time, and the consequences of the conduct. 

In this course we will be studying:-

1)     Definition, aims and scope of the law of torts

2)      Intentional torts: Intentional torts to the person (Trespass: Battery, Assault and False imprisonment)

3)     Intentional torts: intentional torts to property: Trespass to land, Trespass to chattels/goods, Conversion and Detinue

4)     Wilful Injury

5)     Defences to intentional torts to the person and property

6)      Negligence, duty of care (Donohue v Stevenson [1932] AC 562)

7)     Breach of Duty, Standard of Care and Proof of Negligence

8)     Causation and damages

9)     Specific categories of negligence (Medical practitioners, Products liability, Rescuers, Occupiers liability, the unborn child, Defective structures, Nervous shock)

10)  Pure economic loss

11)  Private/Public Nuisance

12)  Defences to Negligence

13)  Concurrent liability.

14)  Assessment of damages

15)  Case studies and practical exercises





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