- Code LAWS4240
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Law School
- ANU College ANU College of Law
- Course subject Laws
- Areas of interest Law
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course examines the liability in tort of government and public authorities, focusing on the torts of negligence, misfeasance in public authority, malicious prosecution, breach of statutory duty and vicarious liability for intentional torts. In addition to looking at general principles of liability, it will examine specific instances of liability involving police, schools, child welfare and protection agencies, and immigration officials. It examines the tension between the protection of individual rights and deference to the constitutional separation of powers.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Course Objectives and Expected Learning Outcomes
A participant who has successfully completed this course should be able to:
(1) Explain and critique the shape of, and trends in, modern tort law as it relates to public authorities;
(2) Outline the principles of negligence, and some of the specific ways they apply to governments and public authorities;
(3) Explain and critique the operation of the separate torts of malicious prosecution, breach of statutory duty, vicarious liability for intentional torts, and misfeasance in public office, in the context of the liability of public authorities;
(4) Design, plan and execute a substantial piece of written scholarship, with some independence; and
(5) Engage with peers and staff to describe, analyse and debate the tort liability of government and public authorities.
Indicative Assessment5000 research paper, class participation
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WorkloadThree contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
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