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Comparative Tort Law

Vak 2011-2012

Admission requirements

  • Background in law
  • Sufficient command of English (IELTS 6.5 or higher)


The course on Comparative Tort Law aims at a deeper, comparative understanding of the mechanism of tort law in France, Germany, UK and The Netherlands.

Main topics will be: How to construct tort law; privacy and tort law; causation; liability for defective products.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course:

  • The course has the following objectives:
    To be announced

Achievement levels:

  • The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:
    To be announced


See uSis.

Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: Five
  • Names of instructors: Prof. Dr J.H. Nieuwenhuis
  • Required preparation by students:

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Written exam.

Areas to be tested within the exam
The compulsory literature and topics that have been discussed during classes.


Not applicable

Reading list

Obligatory course materials

  • Cees van Dam, European Tort Law, Oxford University Press 2006
  • Cees van Dam, European Tort Law, 2007, Paperback edition

Course information guide:

  • none


  • Reader, available at Onderwijsmaterialen (KOG, room A.045)

Recommended course materials:

  • to be announced


Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.

Contact details

  • Coordinator: Prof. mr. J.H. Nieuwenhuis
  • Work address: KOG, Steenschuur 25
  • Contact information: Through secretariat
  • Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7400
  • E-mail:


  • Institution: Institute of Private Law
  • Division: Civil Law
  • Room number secretariat: KOG, room C2.02
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:00-17:00
  • Telephone number secretariat: +31 (0)71 527 7400
  • E-mail: