Using Comparative Torts Materials to Teach First-Year Torts
Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 57, p. 562, 2007
18 Pages Posted: 9 May 2008 Last revised: 10 Dec 2012
Date Written: May 2008
This article is based on a presentation at the Workshop on Integrating Transnational Legal Perspectives into the First Year Curriculum at the AALS Annual Meeting in 2006. I argue that comparative torts materials can be used to teach tort concepts central to a first year torts class. To be sure, while I an advocate of comparative tort law as a subject of intrinsic interest and importance, this article is about using comparative tort materials to help students learn the law of their own jurisdiction. After offering a theoretical defense of this position, I offer two examples based on German cases involving non-economic damages.
Keywords: class materials, torts, comparative law
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