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Torts Teaching Lessons from the BP Oil Spill

9 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2012  

Michael L. Rustad

Suffolk University Law School

Date Written: July 18, 2012


This article is drawn from my talk on the topic of "How to Teach Disaster as Part of a Torts Curriculum" at the AALS Workshop on Torts, Environment and Disaster from June 8-10, 2012, in Berkeley. This piece draws upon an informal survey I conducted in the spring of 2012 on how torts teachers employed the BP oil spill disaster (and other disasters) in their basic torts course (to illustrate topics such as the economic loss rule, legal causation, damages, and the impact of safety regulations).

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Rustad, Michael L., Torts Teaching Lessons from the BP Oil Spill (July 18, 2012). Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 12-26. Available at SSRN: or

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