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Tort liability of public authorities (6 points)


Leader: Dr Susan Kneebone

Not offered in 2003.

Synopsis: The changing role of government and administration; the type of tort issues which can arise. The traditional theoretical bases and backgrounds of administrative law and tort law against the changing context of privatisation. Historical development of the principles relating to the tort liability of public authorities, and the development of the various heads of tort liability. Analysis of recent High Court decisions. Examination of some "special" defences and protections. Comparison with other jurisdictions.

Assessment: Written seminar research paper (1500 words) and oral presentation (15 minutes): 20% + Research project (3000 words): 40% + Final examination (1.5 hours): 40%

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