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Advanced Torts
Last Updated Date:   1 June 2021

4 Credits,  Semester 1

Course Description:
The aim of this course is to offer new perspectives on tort law and thereby to enhance and deepen your understanding of both tort and connected areas of law. The course is divided into three parts. The first part concerns damage in the law of negligence. By focusing on this often overlooked element of the negligence tort we can shed new light on old problems, and also gain a better understanding of how tort law might respond to developments in fields such as psychiatry and assisted reproduction. The second part explores the tension between fault liability and strict liability in tort theory and practice. We will consider arguments for and against fault and strict liability at a general level, and also in particular contexts, such as product liability, road accidents, workers’ compensation and liability for dangerous activities. The third part considers the relationship between tort law and three other areas of law, namely contract law, criminal law and public law. This will give you new perspectives on familiar issues - such as recovery for pure economic loss in tort, the illegality defence, and public authority liability - as well as demonstrating how different areas of the law can interact.

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Course Convenor: Visiting Prof Donal Nolan

Co-teacher(s): NA

Module Codes: LL4102 / LL5102 / LL6102 / LLJ5102

Contact Hours: 9 sessions over 3 weeks: Three, 3-hrs continuous weekly seminars

Workload: Intensive: Wk 4 to 6; Dates: 30 Aug - 17 Sep 2021 [Mon, Wed: 6.30 - 9.30pm; & Fri: 2.30 - 5.30pm]

Mode of Assessment: Class Participation - 20%; Research Paper - 80% [Due: Fri, 22 Oct 2021 (9pm)]

Preclusions: Nil

Prerequisites: NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.

Examination Date: Different Mode of Examination

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