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Course Overview

The aim of this course, open to students who have already studied the Scots law of delict (and compulsory for those on the ‘Law with English Law’ programme), is to extend their expertise to embrace the English law of torts. More particularly, it aims to provide knowledge and understanding of the conceptual structure of this branch of English law in comparison with the corresponding branch of Scots law, and deals in detail with a few specific areas of tort liability, such as environmental torts, occupiers’ liability and trespass to land.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor John Ford

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Course Description

This course builds upon the introduction to the key concepts regarding legal wrongs and the remedies therefore provided in Foundations of Private Law and Delict and Unjustified Enrichment. Students will learn the conceptual framework of the English law of tort and the Scots law of delict, and the differences between the two and the consequences which those differences have for the resolution of real-life legal problems as well as learning the essential elements of selected torts and delicts. The wrongs taught may include: property-related torts such as conversion, the economic torts/delicts, the law of libel and slander/defamation and verbal injury and the law of breach of confidence and privacy. The law of negligence, having been extensively covered in Delict and Unjustified Enrichment, will generally feature less prominently in this course than in Delict and Unjustified Enrichment, but areas where particular differences either exist or have been perceived to exist (eg. as between the Scots rules on prescription and the English rules on limitation and as concerns the concept of non-feasance) will be considered. Human Rights, freedoms and protection shall be considered where relevant (eg. in the context of the law of breach of confidence).

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

2x 1500 word essay 50% each


Resit: resubmission of failed element

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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