Teaching Torts as If the World Really Existed: Reflections on Harold Luntz's Contribution to Australian Law School Classrooms
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law
July, 23 2008
Melbourne University Law Review, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 677-696, 2003
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/73
This article, which forms part of a festschrift published to mark his retirement, considers the contribution made by Harold Luntz to the teaching of torts in Australian law schools. The focus is on his co-authored text, 'Torts: Cases and Commentary', the fifth edition of which was published in 2002. The major contribution that this book makes is through its focus on the empirical context in which tort doctrine is developed and applied, and on the social context in which the rules operate. Drawing on the casebook's treatment of specific examples (such as tort liability for domestic violence and sexual assault, and possible remedies that might be available to the 'Stolen Generations' (the taking of Australian indigenous children from their families)), this article highlights the book's successful merging of detailed doctrinal issues with a critical and contemporary commentary on the limits of (tort) law.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21
Keywords: Torts, Liability, Legal Education, Legal Literature, Personal injury damages, compensation, empirical scholarship
JEL Classification: K10, K30, K13Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 23, 2008
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