LEGAL207-20D (HAM)


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Te Piringa - Faculty of Law


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Paper Description

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It is available to students taking the LLB degree and to those taking the Diploma in Law.


Torts is a required paper in the LLB degree. The LLB programme was amended with effect from 2007. One of the changes was to move Torts from 3rd year to 2nd year. Students enrolled in the degree prior to that date take LAWS302; students enrolled in 2007 or later take LEGAL207.

An analysis of the general principles of civil liability; interests protected by the law of torts; negligence; specific torts such as nuisance and defamation; and the law relating to compensation for personal injury by accident in New Zealand.

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Paper Structure

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The lecture hours are 1500 to 1700 on Wednesdays in LG.01 and Thursdays in LG01 1100-1200.

Mobile phones must be switched off during lectures. Recordings of the lectures will be made available to Diploma students. Additional material will be put on Moodle from time to time.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the torts and compensation systems and an understanding of their historical development and the policies they reflect;
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  • Demonstrate familiarity with the structure and sources of the law of torts and compensation and be able to handle and advise upon both specific problems and future law changes;
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  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the main rules of current law governing specific torts, and the remedies available;
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  • Adopt a critical and constructive approach to torts relevant to New Zealand's future needs.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. In-Class Test
13 May 2020
3:00 PM
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
2. Land Torts Assignment
24 Jul 2020
12:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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All law students are required to purchase, for use in all law papers, a copy of Alice Coppard, Geoff McLay, Christopher Murray, Jonathan Orpin-Dowell, New Zealand Law Style Guide, Thomson Reuters, 3rd ed, 2018. This is available from Bennetts.

In addition to the texts identified below, the Faculty of Law requires that students purchase the course materials books for this paper. These are available from Waikato Print.

Students should have access to:

  • Todd on Torts Stephen Todd (Stephen M. D.) Wellington, Thomson Reuters, 2019 (Highly recommended)
  • Accident Compensation Act 2001
  • Defamation Act 1992.
  • Parliamentary Privilege Act 2014
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Recommended Readings

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Students may also wish to use:

  • Atkin B, et al, Torts in New Zealand - Cases and Materials (5th ed) (Auckland: OUP, 2012);
  • Tennent, D Accident Compensation Law (Wellington: LexisNexis, 2012)

The appropriate Materials book plus legislation should be brought to all lectures and tutorials.

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Online Support

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Online support for this paper is provided via Moodle.

If you require assistance with Moodle, or encounter any problems, please contact the Help Desk. You can send a message to the Help Desk by using the instant message service in your paper (from the participants list within the People block). Alternatively, you can email them directly at or call 838 4008.

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Students should expect to spend 300 hours in total on this paper. In addition to lecture attendance, significant time will need to be spent on background and complementary reading. Students should allow for periods of more-focused research time in the preparation of assignments.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Laws 207 Torts and Laws 302 Torts are equivalent papers and Torts is a core requirement of the LLB degree.

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Prerequisite papers: LEGAL103 and LEGAL104; or LAWS103.




Restricted papers: LAWS207, LAWS302

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