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Tort law regulates most human activities: from driving a car to using consumer products to providing or receiving medical care. Injuries caused by dog bites, slips and falls, fender benders, bridge collapses, adverse reactions to a medication, bar fights, oil spills, and more all implicate the law of torts. The rules and procedures by which tort cases are resolved engage deeply-held intuitions about justice, causation, intentionality, and the obligations that we owe to one another. Tort rules and procedures also generate significant controversy-most visibly in political debates over tort reform. The Psychology of Tort Law explores tort law through the lens of psychological science. Drawing on a wealth of psychological research and their own experiences teaching and researching tort law, Jennifer K. Robbennolt and Valerie P. Hans examine the psychological assumptions that underlie doctrinal rules. They explore how tort law influences the behavior and decision-making of potential plaintiffs and defendants, examining how doctors and patients, drivers, manufacturers and purchasers of products, property owners, and others make decisions against the backdrop of tort law. They show how the judges and jurors who decide tort claims are influenced by psychological phenomena in deciding cases. And they reveal how plaintiffs, defendants, and their attorneys resolve tort disputes in the shadow of tort law. Robbennolt and Hans here shed fascinating light on the tort system, and on the psychological dynamics which undergird its functioning.
About the Author
Jennifer K. Robbennolt is Professor of Law and Psychology at the University of Illinois. She is co-author of the recent book Psychology for Lawyers: Understanding the Human Factors in Negotiation, Litigation, and Decision Making and the influential casebook, Dispute Resolution and Lawyers. Valerie P. Hans is Professor of Law at Cornell Law School (NY). She is the author of seven books, including American Juries: The Verdict.
Elliott and Quinn’s Tort Law provides an accessible introduction to the essential concepts of this core subject, and continues to be the book of choice for undergraduate students year after year. Written in the authors’ trademark clear and engaging style, the book lucidly presents the fundamentals of the law and also introduces critical and contextual analysis to help you start to develop your own critique and deepen your understanding of tort law.
About the Author
Catherine Elliott is a qualified Barrister and Senior Lecturer in Law at City University London. She has extensive experience of teaching law. Frances Quinn is an award-winning journalist with a particular interest in, and experience of the law.
Tried and tested by generations of students, Street on Torts provides a wide-ranging, clear and accurate explanation of the law of torts. Witting incorporates the latest learning on each of the torts covered in this book to provide a thoughtful account of the purposes, rules, and operation of the law. Coverage has been closely mapped to undergraduate law courses around the UK. Online Resource Centre Coverage on animal torts available on the accompanying Online Resource Centre.
About the Author
Christian Witting is Professor of Law at the University of Exeter and a Fellow of the European Centre for Tort and Insurance Law, Vienna. He is also a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia, formerly in service with the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. Witting is the author of Liability for Negligent Misstatements (OUP) and of highly regarded articles on tort law and company law.
- Presents the essentials of tort in clear and straightforward language, explaining the basic principles
- Incorporates colour to help distinguish cases and legislation and aid ease of use
- Breaks the text down into bite-size chunks and includes bullets where appropriate to aid navigation, assimilation and retention of information
- Opens each chapter with a short introduction to outline the key concepts covered and condense complex and important information
- Closes each chapter with a checklist to enable students to check that all the learning needs have been met
- Provides a model question with answer plan at the end of each chapter to enable students to fully prepared for both exam and essay questions
- Includes diagrams throughout to illustrate difficult concepts
- Places important key definitions and statutory provisions in boxes to help highlight the key points to remember
- Contains a host of useful tools including tables of cases and statutes, a list of examination tips, and a list of useful web resources
This book is recommended for law students as well as lawyers who are interested in the development of torts and their application in practice.
An accessible guide to all the major concepts in the law of torts.
- Presents an accessible and current picture of the law of torts and is ideal for those approaching the subject for the first time
- Goes through all the major concepts in the law of torts and clearly illustrates how they work in practice by reference to the major cases in this field and the main statutory provisions
- Covers all main areas covered at undergraduate level and fits perfectly with modular courses
- Breaks case law down so that students are presented with the most salient points
- Considers the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998, Defamation Act 2013 and all other key legislation on the law of torts. The Defamation Act 2013 came into force 1January 2014 and brings forward the most sweeping changes to the law of defamation in more than 150 years.
• Also includes reform of the funding of litigation under Part 2 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012
- Evaluates recent reports by the Law Commission and recent case decisions. In particular, the new edition covers key tort law cases including:
• Recent Supreme Court decisions in negligence (Rabone v Pennine Care NHS Foundation, and Smith v Ministry of Defence ), causation (Durham v BAI (Run off) Ltd ), vicarious liability (The Catholic Child Welfare Society v Various Claimants ), non-delegable duties (Woodland v Essex CC ), and assessment of damages under the Human Rights Act 1998 (R (Sturnham) v Parole Board ).
• Important new decisions relating to psychiatric injury (Taylor v A Novo (UK) Ltd ), vicarious liability (JGE (or E) v English Province of Our Lady of Charity ) nuisance and the rule in Rylands v Fletcher (Barr v Biffa Waste Services Ltd and Stannard v Gore ), defamation (Lord McAlpine v Bercow and Tamiz v Google Inc ), defences (Joyce v O’Brien ) and the assessment of damages (Simmons v Castle ).
Tried and tested by generations of students, Street on Torts can be trusted to provide a wide-ranging overview, and a clear and accurate explanation of tort law. Students new to tort law can read Street chapter by chapter as they work through their lectures: the book is carefully structured to map closely to typical undergraduate law courses, providing all the essential material in one volume. The book offers students a contextualized and thought-provoking account of tort law by ensuring they are given the ‘bigger picture’ surrounding the main torts discussed in the book. It also provides a strong analysis of case law, explaining how torts actually work and examining the social purposes behind them. An Online Resource Centre accompanies the book with twice-yearly updates on key new cases and legislation, providing students with easy access to significant developments in the law, and a selection of useful web links.
About the Author
John Murphy is Professor of Common Law at the University of Manchester. He is one of the country’s leading tort lawyers. He has authored numerous articles on tort law which have been published in the UK and abroad. He is also one of the current editors of Clerk and Lindsell on Torts (published by Sweet and Maxwell). Christian Witting is Deputy Head and Professor in the Durham Law School. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and a Fellow of the European Centre for Tort and Insurance Law, Vienna. He is the author of Liability for Negligent Misstatements (OUP), and articles on tort law and company law.
The fifth edition of this celebrated book brings together a selection of carefully chosen extracts from cases and materials with insightful author text. Each section begins with a clear overview of the law, followed by illustrating extracts from case law and from government reports and scholarly literature, which are supported by the authors’ expert explanation and analysis. Opportunities for further research are highlighted by the many suggestions for additional readings that are woven throughout the text. This approach enables students to gain a rich and contextual understanding of the law of tort.
About the Author
Mark Lunney, Professor, School of Law, University of New England, Australia, Ken Oliphant, Director of the Institute for European Tort Law, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, and Professor of Tort Law, University of Bristol Mark Lunney is Professor in the School of Law at the University of New England in New South Wales, Australia. He previously taught at King’s College, London. Ken Oliphant is Director of the Institute for European Tort Law at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, and Professor of Tort Law at the University of Bristol.
In addition, the authors provide a variety of comparative and economic perspectives on the law of tort and its likely development, always placing the subject in its socio-economic context thereby giving students a deeper and richer understanding of tort law.
Written by leading authorities on tort law, this detailed book offers teachers a wide range of topics to cover, while providing students with a text which is both descriptive and reflective of this branch of law.
Blueprints provide a unique plan for studying the law, giving a visual overview of the vital building blocks of each topic and the various outside influences that come together in the study of law. This series enables the reader to place everything within memorable context and is useful in providing an overview of the law. Each text offers a clear understanding of legal study and an engaging introduction to each subject; presenting the study of law as both an academic subject and a force in society. The texts map to undergraduate law degree programmes and are tailored for use harmoniously alongside core law material.