EUROPEAN TORT LAW

Core Module (7,5 ECTS)

Description

This module introduces students to the two sets of model rules for a unified European Tort Law, “The Principles of European Tort Law (PETL)” drafted by the European Group on Tort Law (EGTL) and “The Νon-contractual liability arising out of damage caused to another”, drafted by  the Study Group on a European Civil Code and the Acquis Group.


Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to

  • Understand, compare and use the principles of European Tort Law.
  • discuss the major issues and the latest developments in European Tort law
  • Compare the Tort law of their country with the proposed European one.
  • apply such knowledge and offer creative solutions.

     

Contents

The aim of the course is the presentation, analysis and comparison of :

a) “The Principles of European Tort Law (PETL)”, drafted by the European Group on Tort Law (basic norm, general conditions of liability, bases of liability, defenses, multiple tortfeasors, remedies) and

b) “The Νon-contractual liability arising out of damage caused to another” of the Draft Common Frame of Reference (DCFR),  drafted by the Study Group on a European Civil Code and the Acquis Group (fundamental provisions, legally relevant damage, accountability, causation, defenses, remedies, ancillary rules).


Academic Requirements

Participants are required to have at least some basic previous knowledge of Civil Law and in particular Tort law.


Teaching method

The  course  will  run  under  both  seminar  and  workshop  format,  which  requires  a high degree of student activity. Students are expected to write a paper and make a presentation based on the paper (formative assessment).


Lecturer

The course is taught by Professor Eugenia Dacoronia.


Assessment and testing

  • Written exam, closed book, short essay questions - 2 hours (60%)
  • One short paper assignment (40%)