Tort Law (5th edition)

Kirsty Horsey; Erika Rackley
Pub date
Jul 2017
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This best-selling undergraduate textbook from leading academics Kirsty Horsey & Erika Rackley gives a comprehensive grounding in tort law and carefully chosen learning features help students to become engaged and critical thinkers. This lively and though-provoking account allows students to understand rather than simply learn the law. The problem questions in each chapter help students to understand how the law works in its practical context and to begin to consider potential issues and debates. Carefully chosen features such as 'counterpoint' and 'pause for reflection' boxes enable students to think more deeply and critically about the law. The text is accompanied by an extensive Online Resource Centre, which includes the following resources: - Downloadable annotated judgments, statutes, and problem questions - Outline answers to questions in the book - Annotated web links to external web resources and videos - Flashcard glossary of legal terms used in the book - Additional content on elements of a claim in the tort of negligence and on product liability - Test bank of 200 questions and answers for lecturers' use in assessing students


1 Introduction

Part I. The Tort of Negligence
2 Introduction to the tort of negligence
3 Duty of care: basic principles
4 Special duty problems: omissions and acts of third parties
5 Special duty problems: psychiatric harm
6 Special duty problems: public bodies
7 Special duty problems: economic loss
8 Breach of duty: the standard of care
9 Causation and remoteness of damage
10 Defences to negligence

Part II. Special Liability Regimes
11 Occupiers' liability
12 Product liability
13 Employers' liability
14 Breach of statutory duty

Part III. The Personal Torts
15 Intentional interferences with the person
16 Invasion of privacy
17 Defamation

Part IV. The Land Torts
18 Trespass to land and nuisance
19 Actions under the rule of Rylands v Fletcher

Part V. Liability, Damages and Limitations
20 Vicarious Liability
21 Damages for death and personal injuries

Appendix: Annotated problem questions

About the author: 

Kirsty Horsey is Senior Lecturer in Law at Kent Law School, teaching contract and tort law to undergraduate students across all years. Her research interests lie in the overlap of medical and family law, particularly in the area of assisted reproduction, and in public bodies' liability for negligence.; Erika Rackley is a Professor of Law at the University of Birmingham. Her research interests are broadly in the field of feminism, gender and law, particularly in relation to judicial diversity and the legal regulation of pornography. Her research has shaped and informed policy and public debate and has been discussed by the UK and Scottish governments, in The Guardian, and on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour and Law in Action.

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