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The Statutory Foundations of Negligence - LAWS6357

Year - 2020

This unit presents the major aspects of the law of negligence from the perspective of statute. While there is detailed coverage of the Civil Liability Act, the larger goal is to demonstrate that for at least a century, much of the law of negligence is a product of, or a reaction to statute. That is most obvious in areas such as contributory negligence, tortfeasor contribution and personal injury damages, although the true extent of the role of statute is greater than is often perceived. But statute is at the forefront of basic areas such as duty of care and causation, in important aspects of breach (notably, for professional negligence), in the availability of damages for psychiatric injury, as well as having been central to the immunities of highway authorities and other public authorities for many centuries. The unit will also facilitate a greater appreciation of the range of statutes and the different ways in which they interact with judge-made law.

Apr 3, 4 & May 1, 2 (9-5)

1500-2000wd case note or statute (20%) and 6000wd essay (80%) or 8000wd essay (100%)

Additional information
Academic Profile The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis

Assumed knowledge
undergraduate law degree


Faculty: Sydney Law School

Intensive September

24 Aug 2020

Department/School: Law
Study Mode: Block mode
Census Date: 11 Sep 2020
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Prof Barbara McDonald, Justice Mark Leeming
HECS Band: 3
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