Teaching Torts: Rivalry as Pedagogy
15 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2010 Last revised: 14 Dec 2012
Date Written: September 2010
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.
Keywords: torts, comparative law, pedagogy, transnational
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