Faculty of Law

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Sirko Harder


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

The topics covered include the following:

  1. Aims and methods of comparative legal studies;
  2. Development of tort law in common law and civil jurisdictions;
  3. Europeanisation of tort law;
  4. Liability for pure economic loss;
  5. Liability for psychological harm;
  6. Liability for 'wrongful life' and 'wrongful birth';
  7. Proof of causation;
  8. 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; and
  • be able to critically assess the interaction of torts law and related areas.


Class participation (10%); research assignment (max. 1500 words) (30%); take-home examination (max.3000 words) (60%)

Chief examiner(s)


LAW2201 Torts A and LAW2202 Torts B or an equivalent Introductory course in tort law at another university