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An Introduction to Tort Law

An Introduction to Tort Law (2nd edn)

Tony Weir
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date: 25 January 2022

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  • Tony WeirTony WeirFellow of Trinity College, Cambridge

Abstract

Celebrated for their conceptual clarity, titles in the Clarendon Law Series offer concise, accessible overviews of major fields of law and legal thought. This introductory chapter provides an overview of tort law. It discusses the development of the law of tort in England; how the increase in tort liability is matched by a decline in the potency of contract; the differences between statutes and judge-made law; when conduct is tortious; the forum for a claim in tort; the three focal points of torts: conduct, harm, and causation; where torts happen; and the need to restrict the number of persons who can complain of any particular conduct.

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