Advanced Topics in Tort Law - LW652

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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6 15 (7.5) DR K Horsey


LW315/325 Introduction to Obligations and either LW597 Law of Obligations or LW651 Law of Tort.


Final year students only. Only available to Law students.



The module will assume prior knowledge and understanding of the foundational levels of tort law taught in LW315 and LW597/LW651. In the module, students will focus on contentious areas of tort law from a critical perspective. They will look at areas such as those in the following (not exhaustive or all-inclusive) list: reproductive harms, wrongful birth/life, 'toxic torts' and developments in the law on causation, invasion of privacy and/or autonomy, feminist perspectives/critiques on torts, negligent policing (and of other public bodies), tort law and human rights, access to justice, conceptions of justice in/philosophy of tort. Teaching of these areas may be undertaken by ‘experts’ in a particular topic, so the availability of each topic may vary on an annual basis to account for e.g. periods of study leave.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars.


Spring term.

Method of assessment

50% coursework consisting of one essay and 50% examination.

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of currently contentious areas of tort law.
2. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of differing views on, and interpretations of, the adequacy of particular aspects of the law of tort as a vehicle for redress.
3. Demonstrate a critical awareness of historical and contemporary theoretical and policy problems in tort law.
4. Critically analyse and evaluate tort law's role in modern society.
5. Use the knowledge of the law gained, and of its contextual and socio-economic underpinnings, to engage with questions of policy, regulation and change.
6. Use non-legal materials to evaluate areas of the law of tort in terms of its consequences and theoretical coherence.
7. Show an understanding and appreciation of the influence of various torts as they arise and operate within complex historical and political conditions.

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