U.S. CIVIL INJURY LAW
Partial List of Learning Outcomes:
• Learn the basics of the procedural nature of the U.S. civil liability system
• Learn some of the substantive Tort law of the United States
• Compare non-U.S. civil liability regimes (particularly those of the E.U.) to that of the U.S.
• Assess critically the pros and cons of various approaches to civil liability
• Assemble the components of legal and factual arguments and counter-arguments that arise in tort disputes
• Demonstrate the development of problem-solving skills through oral and written responses to legal problems
The interactive course (that will be taught in English) will focus on issues relevant to civil (meaning, non-criminal) liability. Also known in the United States as the law of Torts, the course will focus on a variety of topics including liability for accidents by adults, professionals and children; liability for product-related harm; liability for harm to reputation and privacy; the nature and scope of non-contractual legal obligations; and the nature and measure of damages. The course will examine these (and other) topics from a comparative perspective with a primary focus on the law of the U.S. and that of the European Union. There will be occasional outside speakers with expertise relevant to the course. The hope is that you will find the course edifying, interesting and even fun.
Davies & Hayden, Global Issues in Tort Law (West Publishing Co. 2008) (to purchase); Levine, Comparative Torts Supplement (that will be made available on line or as a class handout)
• Ungraded written formative assessments throughout the course
• Oral advocacy and discussion of legal problems raised in class
• Student self-assessment and group assessment
Modalità verifica apprendimento
• Graded oral exam at the conclusion of the class