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LAW7226 - Tort liability of public authorities

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Associate Professor Susan Kneebone


Not offered in 2008


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.


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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