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Tort Law
A Modern Perspective


  • Date Published: June 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107563421

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  • Tort Law: A Modern Perspective is an advanced yet accessible introduction to tort law for lawyers, law students, and others. Reflecting the way tort law is taught today, it explains the cases and legal doctrines commonly found in casebooks using modern ideas about public policy, economics, and philosophy. With an emphasis on policy rationales, Tort Law encourages readers to think critically about the justifications for legal doctrines. Although the topic of torts is specific, the conceptual approach should pay dividends to those who are interested broadly in regulatory policy and the role of law. Incorporating three decades of advancements in tort scholarship, Tort Law is the textbook for modern torts classrooms.

    • Completely up to date with developments in modern tort law
    • Introduces students to analytical tools such as cost-benefit analysis, basic game theory, and present value calculations
    • Develops critical thinking skills through nuanced discussion of policy rationales
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107563421
    • length: 460 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 162 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Policy and tort law
    3. Evolution of tort law
    4. Intentional torts
    5. Theoretical foundations of strict liability
    6. The reasonable person
    7. Customs, statutes, and the reasonable person
    8. Inferring negligence
    9. Contributory negligence and assumption of risk
    10. Contributory negligence, comparative negligence, and incentives for care
    11. Joint and several liability and vicarious liability
    12. Factual causation
    13. Proximate cause
    14. Duty to rescue and special relationships
    15. Strict liability: conversion, abnormally dangerous activities, and nuisance
    16. Defamation
    17. Products liability
    18. Damages.

  • Author

    Keith N. Hylton, Boston University School of Law
    Keith N. Hylton is William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor and a Professor of Law at Boston University specializing in tort law, antitrust law, intellectual property law, and labor law. His latest book, a utilitarian defense of the intellectual property laws, is Laws of Creation: Property Rights in the World of Ideas (2013).

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