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Comparative Tort Law

Course 2016-2017

Please note that the following description of the course is only provisional and therefore subject to change.

Admission requirements

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

Description

The course on Comparative Tort Law aims at a deeper, comparative understanding of the mechanism of tort law in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the USA and the Netherlands.
Main topics will be: How to construct tort law; privacy and tort law; causation; liability for defective products, vicarious liability, defences.

Course objectives

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

Achievement levels
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:
After completion of this course, students will have knowledge of:

  • How to construct tort law; privacy and tort law; causation; liability for defective products; vicarious liability; defences (assumption of risk, comparative negligence).

Timetable

The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.

Mode of instruction

Seminars

  • 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

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Written exam, essay questions.
  • The retake will be oral (approx. 30 minutes). You will be given 40 minutes for a written preparation.

Submission procedures
None

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

Blackboard

More information on this course is offered in Blackboard.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials
Literature:

  • Cees van Dam, European Tort Law, Second Edition, Oxford University Press 2013

Course information guide:
None

Reader:
None

Recommended course materials
To be announced via Blackboard

Registration

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.

Contact information

  • 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
  • E-mail: burgerlijkrecht@law.leidenuniv.nl

Institution/division

  • 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
  • E-mail: burgerlijkrecht@law.leidenuniv.nl

Remarks

None.

Contract programme 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).