Tort Law

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-09-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Hit the ground running with the best-selling tort law textbook from leading academics Kirsty Horsey & Erika Rackley.

Are you new to tort law and seeking to understand its complexities? This textbook provides a lively, insightful and thought-provoking account which assumes no prior knowledge. As well as comprehensive coverage of the legal concepts and case law, there are a range of carefully chosen features to develop understanding including annotated judgments and statutes, diagrams, and problem questions in each chapter.

Do you want to become a reflective and critical thinker? This book will help you not just to learn but rather to understand tort law, and to think about why the law is the way it is and how it could be different. Make your studies interesting and intellectually stimulating with questions raised throughout the book, including in the 'counterpoint' and 'pause for reflection' features.

Do you want to take your studies further and engage with current issues? The new edition includes some of the latest research, policy, and debate. The discussion continues beyond the textbook too: there are video clips from recent news items and links to topical sites on the Online Resource Centre and you can follow the author Twitter feed for updates and comment.

Author Biography

Kirsty Horsey, Senior Lecturer in Law, Kent Law School, University of Kent,Erika Rackley, Professor of Law, Birmingham University

Kirsty Horsey is 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 at Birmingham University. Her research interests are broadly in the field of feminism, gender and law, particularly in relation to judicial diversity. Her research has shaped and informed policy and public debate and has been discussed by the UK and Scottish governments, in The Guardian, and on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour and Law in Action. Her book, Women, Judging and the Judiciary: From Difference to Diversity, won the Society of Legal Scholars Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship in 2013. In 2015, she was appointed as a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Part I. The Tort of Negligence
2. Introduction to the tort of negligence
3. Duty of care: introduction and basic principles
4. Special duty problems: omissions and acts of third parties
5. Special duty problems: psychiatric harm
6. Special duty problems: public bodies
7. Special duty problems: economic loss
8. Breach of duty: the standard of care
9. Causation and remoteness of damage
10. Defences to negligence
Part II. Special Liability Regimes
11. Occupiers' liability
12. Product liability
13. Employers' liability
14. Breach of statutory duty
Part III. The Personal Torts
15. Trespass to the person
16. Invasion of privacy
17. Defamation
Part IV. The Land Torts
18. Trespass to land
19. Nuisance and actions under the rule of Rylands v Fletcher
PART V. Liability, Damages and Limitations
20. Vicarious Liability
21. Damages for death and personal injuries
Appendix Annotated problem questions

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