Whole Year 2010
The Law of Torts
General principles of civil liability. The law as to the various kinds of torts. The law relating to compensation for personal injury by accident in New Zealand.
The law of torts potentially concerns the entire range of misfortunes, injuries and losses which human beings can blame on one another. It determines whether, or in what circumstances, a person who has caused harm to another is liable to compensate that other for the harm. The course will provide a thorough grounding in the core principles of this key area of law.
A substantial part of the course will concentrate on the law of negligence. It will deal with general principles and will focus in particular on such important issues as liability for nervous shock, for economic loss and for failing to act, and will consider issues of breach of duty, complex problems of proving causation and remoteness of damage. The course will also cover various other torts. These include trespass to land, nuisance, the rule in Rylands v Fletcher, defamation and interference with privacy.
Torts claims in New Zealand are not much concerned with claims for personal injury, as these generally are barred by the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Act 2001. The principles of the common law are subject to the Act, and accordingly the course will consider the ambit of the accident compensation scheme and the statutory benefits which are available in replacement of the common law action.
(i) LAWS101; and (ii) LAWS110 from 2012
Course Coordinator / Lecturer
28 Apr 2010
21 May 2010
Assessment is by a midsessional test (25%), compulsory essay (10%) and a final examination (65%).
Examination and Formal Tests
The law of torts in New Zealand;
This is a compulsory core course for the LLB degree.
Limited Entry Course
Maximum enrolment is 246
For further information see
School of Law.
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Whole Year 2010