Please note that the following description of the course is only provisional and therefore subject to change.
Background in domestic tort law
Sufficient command of English (IELTS 6.5 or higher)
The course on Comparative Tort Law aims at a deeper, comparative understanding of the mechanisms and requirements of tortious liability in counties such as France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The main topics of the course will be (this is a not exhaustive list !): tort law and protected interests, tort law and contract law, pure economic loss, vicarious liability, defences (contributory negligence, comparative negligence and assumption of risk), environmental liability, human rights and tort law, causation and damages.
Objectives of the course
The course on Comparative Tort Law aims at a deeper, comparative understanding of the mechanisms and requirements of tortious liability law in countries such as France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the USA.
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:
After completion of this course, students will have a better knowledge of important issues of tort law, such as (this is not an exhaustive list !): the compensation of pure economic loss, the approach of liability for the acts of others, the concurrence of tortious and contractual liability and the different theories about causation.
The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.
Mode of instruction
Number of (2 hour) seminars: 10
Names of instructors: Dr . P.C.J. de Tavernier
Required preparation by students: to be announced at the beginning of the course
Written exam, both cases and theory questions.
The retake will be oral (approx. 30 minutes). You will be given 40 minutes for a written preparation.
Areas to be tested within the exam
The compulsory literature and topics that have been discussed during classes.
More information on this course is offered in Blackboard.
Obligatory course materials
- Cees van Dam, European Tort Law, Second Edition, Oxford University Press 2013 (the students are expected to purchase this book!)
A course guide will be posted on blackboard before the start of the course.
There is no reader, but information about required and recommended literature and case law, as well as some cases to be discussed during the course, will be posted on blackboard before the start of the course.
Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.
Exchange students have priority and will be registered for the course first. Any remaining seats will be available for students from Leiden University and other Dutch Universities.
Coordinator: Dhr. dr. P.C.J. De Tavernier
Work address: KOG, Steenschuur 25 B2.43
Contact information: Through secretariat
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7400
Institution: Institute of Private Law
Division: Civil Law
Room number secretariat: KOG, room B2.43
Opening hours: Front desk Monday to Friday 9:00-13:30
Telephone number secretariat: +31 (0)71 527 7400
Anyone interested in registering for this course as part of a Contractual Programme (Contractonderwijs), which includes examination, will find further information regarding costs, application and registration, conditions etc. on the website of Juridisch PAO (Legal postgraduate education).