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Teaching Torts: Rivalry as Pedagogy

Anita Bernstein

Brooklyn Law School

September 2010

Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 197

This contribution to a Tort Law Academic Workshop considers the ‘twin themes’ pervading torts pedagogy in the twenty-first century: (1) teaching torts for global practice and (2) teaching the common law in an age of statutes. Manifested at both transnational and national levels, the two themes have in common what may be understood as rivalries, where contrary rules and stances compete for power. The article explores illustrations of this competition that emerge in an American torts classroom, with attention to the interest that a ‘pedagogy of rivalry’ might hold for torts teachers and scholars working within common law systems outside the United States.

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Keywords: torts, comparative law, pedagogy, transnational

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Date posted: June 23, 2010 ; Last revised: December 14, 2012

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Bernstein, Anita, Teaching Torts: Rivalry as Pedagogy (September 2010). Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 197. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1628868 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1628868

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Brooklyn Law School ( email )
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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