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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 Accident 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.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
LAWS101 and LAWS110
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Tutorials will be held according to the timetable you will be given at the start of Term One. Enrolment in Tutorials will be advised via email closer to the start of the course.
The assessment in this course may be by way of a Test (Thursday 2 May 2019, 6.30-8.30pm), compulsory Essay and a Final Examination.The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.
The law of torts in New Zealand;
Thomson Reuters, 2016.
A 2019 textbook 7th edition will be available at some point in 2019.
This is a compulsory core course for the LLB degree.
Domestic fee $1,612.00
International fee $7,550.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
Maximum enrolment is 260
For further information see
School of Law.