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Unit information: Advanced Tort in 2018/19

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Unit name Advanced Tort
Unit code LAWD20042
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Ken Oliphant
Open unit status Not open

LAWD10011 Law of Tort



School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


The Unit aims to develop students’ understanding of the theories underlying tort law and of the scholarship relating to the operation of this area of law. It thus builds on the elementary law taught in the first year Tort unit. The unit will address a number of contemporary issues relating to the development of the role of the law of tort in the light of developments in the EU and under the European Convention on Human Rights. The unit will develop students’ skills in analysing and evaluating this area of private law and legal developments and policy initiatives relating to it.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit a successful student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of:

• the literature concerning the theory of tort law

• the materials relating to the accident compensation systems used in a number of other jurisdictions

• the socio-legal and empirical literature on the working of the accident compensation system

2. Demonstrate that they have developed an understanding of the operation of accident compensation law through studying of research literature on the subject.

3. Demonstrate familiarity in handling theoretical, comparative and EU derived legal materials and a critical appreciation of current law.

4. Apply analytical, critical and evaluative skills.

Teaching details

10 lectures and 8 two-hour seminars, plus 5 lectures in the Foundations of Legal Research programme

Assessment Details

1 formative assessment: 1 x 1,000 word coursework. Formative assessments do not count towards final mark and can be optional.

2 x summative assessments: 2 x 2,000 word coursework. Summative assessments do count towards final mark.

The assessments will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.

Reading and References

  • Atiyah, Accidents, Compensation and the Law
  • Wright, Tort and Human Rights
  • Lunney and Oliphant, Tort Law, Text and Materials
  • Steele, Tort Law, Text, Cases and Materials