Unit description

Introduces students to the Law of Torts by examining the history and development of torts, and  the   growth of statutory compensation alternatives to traditional actions in Tort. Examines the substantive law by reference to legislation and case-law applicable to  intentional torts, economic torts and the tort of defamation and enables students to obtain an in depth understanding of  newer areas of tortious liability .

Unit content

  1. Introduction:
    1. Foundations of Tort Law
    2. History and Development of the Law of Torts
  2. Formulating Responses to Problems in tort
  3. Statutory Compensation Schemes for Torts Claims
  4. Intentional Torts:
    1. Trespass and Case
    2. Deceit and Injurious Falsehood
  5. Intentional Torts:
    1. Trespass to Land
    2. Trespass to Goods/Personal Property
  6. Intentional torts:
    1. Trespass to the Person
    2. Miscellaneous Intentional Torts
    3. Defences to Intentional Torts
  7. Economic Torts:
    1. Deceit
    2. Injurious Falsehood
    3. Passing Off
    4. Misleading and Deceptive Conduct
  8. Economic Torts:
    1. Intentionally Procuring a breach of Contract
    2. Intimidation
    3. Conspiracy
    4. Interference with a trade or Business by Unlawful Means
    5. Misfeasance in a Public Office
  9. Nuisance:
    1. Public Nuisance
    2. Private Nuisance
  10. Defamation:
    1. Defences and Remedies to Defamation
    2. Invasion of Privacy

Learning outcomes

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