LAW 231 - Law of Torts

Credit points: 30 points
Offered: Full-year
Contact hours: Lectures - 3 hours per week, 8 tutorials - 1 hour per fortnight
Course Director: Nikki Chamberlain (S1) / Marcus Roberts (S2)
Prerequisites: LAW 121G & LAW 131
Corequisite: LAW 298 or 299

Course description

The general principles of civil liability for non-consensual wrongs. The principles of liability applying to selected torts, including the intentional torts such as: assault, battery, false imprisonment, intentionally inflicting emotional distress, trespass to land, wrongs to goods, negligence, strict liability, nuisance and defamation. The law relating to compensation for personal injury.

Course overview

There are numerous torts, not all of which can be covered. The emphasis is on those torts that best illustrate the general principles and which arise most frequently in practice.

Approximately one half of the course is devoted to the law of negligence. This tort is the principal means by which the law provides compensation for loss caused by another’s carelessness. A study is made of the essential features of the tort: the duty of care, breach, issues of causation, foreseeability, remoteness of damage - and then its application in specific instances is considered.

Other torts that are covered include the land-based torts and the intentional torts of assault, battery and false imprisonment and the related torts of intentional infliction of emotional distress, privacy and defamation.


  • Multi-choice test (10%)
  • Take-home assignment (20%)
  • Moot (10%)
  • Exam (60%)