Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID100001711

Programme of Study: UPS School of Law (2015-today)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Unified OrientationElective CoursesSpring-4

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
In order to be able to follow the course the students should have basic understanding of tort law of their own legal system.
Learning Outcomes
The aim of the course is to provide the students with knowledge on the structure and the main principles of the tort law of selected European legal systems (mainly, but not exclusively, France, Germany, England and Greece) as well as on the projects aiming at the harmonization and unification of Tort Law in Europe. Studens who attend the course successfully should be able to discuss tort law problems from a comparative perspective, using correct terminology.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The aim of the law of torts from a legal and from a law and economics perspective. Evolution and basic characteristics of English, French, German and Greek Tort Law. Projects on the unification of tort law in Europe: Principles of European Tort Law (PETL) and Book VI of the Draft Common Frame of Reference. Tort Law in the European Union Law. Comparative analysis of the main premises of tort liability: The notion of damage, the different national concepts relating to the ‘breach of duty’, causation.Comparative analysis of the consequences of tort liability: The recoverable damage, especially in case of personal injury and pure economic loss. Strict liability and vicarious liability.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • moodle
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of PPT during the lectures. Course materials will be provided in moodle Email communication with students.
Course Organization
Written assigments251
Students' Presentations190.8
Student Assessment
The performance of students is assessed with examinationa, which take place at the end of the semester Students' essays and presentation are also taken into consideration.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
  • Students' presentations (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Cees van Dam, European Tort Law, 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2013 Christian von Bar and Eric Clive (eds), Draft Common Frame of Reference (Full Edition). Principles, Definitions and Model Rules of European Private Law, Vol 4, Munich: Sellier, 2009 Basil S.Markesinis/ H. Unberath, The German Law of Torts. A Comparative Treatise, 4th ed Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2002 Walter van Gerven, Pierre Larouche and Jeremy Lever, Cases, Materials and Text on National, Supranational and International Tort Law, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2000 Further bibliography will be provided for special issues.
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