Tort in Common Law - LAW 361

This course explores the basic principles governing private lawsuits for damages for wrongs that are non-contractual, including consideration of the concepts of strict liability, liability based on fault, intentional and negligent interference with personal and property interests and defenses thereto, recoverable damages and related problems. The course concerns the civil causes of action and remedies for interference with one person, property, or intangible interests. This course will examine the doctrines of both intentional and unintentional torts, including assault, battery, trespass, false imprisonment, conversion and intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, and strict liability. By contrasting the different theories of liability, especially negligence and strict liability, the course will explore differing views of the basic purpose of the tort system and analyze the consequences of different rule structures in preventing accidents and compensating victims.
Language of Instruction: English (legal terms, however, are also given in Arabic and French).