Tort Law will benefit anyone seeking a fresh and stimulating account of the law. Written in a lively and thought-provoking style, this book encourages the reader to understand, engage with, and critically reflect upon tort law.
Pedagogical features (including 'pause for reflection' and 'counterpoint' boxes) foster debate about the way tort law is, why it is this way, and how it could be different. Tort Law also provides diagrams and tables, chapter summaries, end-of-chapter questions, and annotated lists of further reading.
Where appropriate, chapters open with a problem question to place the law in its practical context and to illustrate how to apply the theory. Annotated versions of the problem questions give students pointers on how to answer them, and outline answers are available on the book's accompanying Online Resource Centre.
Tort Law is essential reading for all students studying at degree level or on the GDL.
Online Resource Centre
Tort Law is accompanied by an extensive Online Resource Centre, which includes the following resources:
- Downloadable annotated judgments, statutes, and problem questions
- Outline answers to questions in the book
- Annotated web links to external web resources including audiovisual news clips
- Flashcard glossary of legal terms used in the book
- Additional content on elements of a claim in the tort of negligence and on product liability
- Twice-yearly updates to changes in cases and legislation
- Test bank of 200 questions and answers for lecturers' use in assessing students
- Downloadable versions of figures and tables from the book for lecturers
Kirsty Horsey, Senior Lecturer in Law, Kent Law School, University of Kent,Erika Rackley, Professor of Law, Law School, Durham University
Kirsty Horsey is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Kent Law School, teaching contract and tort law to undergraduate students across all years. Her research interests lie in the overlap of medical and family law, particularly in the area of assisted reproduction, and in public bodies' liability for negligence. In 2007, Kirsty was the joint recipient of the Barbara Morris Learning Support Prize, awarded by the University of Kent for teaching excellence.
Erika Rackley is a Professor of Law in the Law School at Durham University. She has taught tort law at Kent, Leicester and Durham Universities. Her research interests are broadly in the field of feminism, gender and law, particularly in relation to judicial diversity. She is co-editor of 'Feminist Perspectives on Tort Law' (Routledge, 2012).
Table of Contents
PART I. THE TORT OF NEGLIGENCE
2. Introduction to the tort of negligence
3. Duty of care: introduction and basic principles
4. Omissions and acts of third parties
5. Psychiatric harm
6. Public bodies
7. Economic loss
9. Causation and remoteness
10. Defences to negligence
PART II. SPECIAL LIABILITY REGIMES
11. Occupiers' liability
12. Employers' liability
13. Product liability
PART III. THE PERSONAL TORTS
14. Trespass to the person
16. Invasion of privacy
PART IV. THE LAND TORTS
17. Trespass to land and nuisance
18. Actions under the rule of Rylands v Fletcher
PART V. LIABILITY, DAMAGES AND LIMITATIONS
19. Damages in tort
Appendix Annotated problem questions