Melbourne University Law Review, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 677-696, 2003
21 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2008
Date Written: July, 23 2008
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.
Keywords: Torts, Liability, Legal Education, Legal Literature, Personal injury damages, compensation, empirical scholarship
JEL Classification: K10, K30, K13
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Graycar, Reg, Teaching Torts as If the World Really Existed: Reflections on Harold Luntz's Contribution to Australian Law School Classrooms (July, 23 2008). Melbourne University Law Review, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 677-696, 2003; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/73. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1170582