Faculty of Law

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2013 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedPrato Term 2 2013 (Day)


For postgraduate Law discontinuation dates, please see http://www.law.monash.edu.au/current-students/postgraduate/pg-disc-dates.html

Quota applies

The unit can be taken by a maximum of 45 students (due to limited facilities and method of teaching).


This unit examines selected areas of torts law from a comparative and international perspective. It analyses current issues and emerging trends across common law and civil law jurisdictions.

The topics covered include the following:

  • aims and methods of comparative legal studies;
  • development of tort law in common law and civil law jurisdictions;
  • Europeanisation of tort law;
  • liability for pure economic loss;
  • liability for psychological harm;
  • liability for 'wrongful life' and 'wrongful birth';
  • proof of causation; and
  • protection of privacy.


On completion of this unit, a student should be able to:

  • demonstrate detailed and advanced understanding of the selected topics
  • enhance their understanding of the jurisprudence and practice of torts law
  • engage in oral discussion about the function and evolution of modern torts law across jurisdictional boundaries
  • be able to critically assess the interaction of torts law and related areas.


Research assignment (3,750 words): 50%
Take-home examination (3,750 words): 50%

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