This course introduces students to the historical background, legal evolution and development of the law of Torts. The course also provides a detailed study of the general principles of tortuous liability including but not limited to intention, negligence, strict liability, motive and malice etc. Trespass to person, chattel and land will also be explored with attention paid to their respective ingredients, remedies and defenses. Examined herein also includes classification of nuisance, the rule in Ryland and Fletcher, economic tort, defamation, fatal accident, vicarious liability to mention a few.
The objectives of this course include:
- 1. Equip students with a broad knowledge and understanding of the Law of Torts
- 2. Develop students’ ability to propose likely solutions to hypothetical problem questions involving the areas studied.
- 3. Enable students to actively engage in reasoned argument concerning the functions and the limits of the Law of Torts.
- 4. Empower participant with the ability to explore the links between the Law of Torts and other legal subjects and perspectives – in particular contract law, public law and civil liberties.
At the end of the course, students would be able to:
- 1. Describe the legal evolution and development of the Law of Torts.
- 2. Explain some of the functions of tort law and report on some empirical evidence concerning its success as a system of compensation.
- 3. State and explain the key principles of the torts of negligence, nuisance, conversion, trespass to goods and defamation, including principles of liability and defences;
- i. Determine answers to hypothetical problems concerning these torts; and,
- ii. Critically evaluate key decisions in these torts.
- 4. Explicate the basic principles relevant to other selected torts, especially breach of statutory duty, malicious falsehood and breach of confidence, and recognise and explain their relevance and influence in the key areas studied.
- 5. Describes the defense availability to the breach of the tort liability.
- 6. Discuss tort remedies, and determine which heads are recoverable in hypothetical problem questions.
- 7. Explore the areas of overlap between different torts, and critically compare their underlying principles in relevant respects.
- 8. Examine and explain the links between tort and other legal topics, especially contract, public law, and human rights, and compare and critically evaluate the role of tort law in these respects.
- Lectures 40
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 1
- Certificate No
- Assessments Self
Introduction and Definition of Tort
History and Evolution of Principles of Tortuous Liability
Source of Law of Tort
Differentiate between Tort and Contract/Crime
Basis and Characteristics of the Tortuous Liability
Standard and Reasonable Man's Test
Trespass to Persons
Trespass to Chattel
Conversion and Detinue
Trespass to Land
Rule in Rylands v. Fletcher
Liability for Animals
Death as Course of Action
Economic Torts-Passing Off and Civil Conspiracy
Intimidation and Interference with Contract
Parties, Joint Torts