The course aims to guide students in acquiring a sound grasp of the principles of the Law of Torts in Singapore. The law is presented contextually. Where appropriate, students will learn how the current state of the law developed from its historical origins. Where appropriate as well, students will learn how our law compares with parallel developments in other common law countries (including the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada). The contextual study of the substantive legal principles enables students to better understand the current state of our law and how the law is constantly evolving to suit the needs of society. The student may also be able to see where the law could be headed in the near future.
If students apply themselves diligently, they will gain considerable knowledge of the Law of Torts in Singapore as well as learn to:
The Law of Torts is predominantly derived from judicial decisions (although legislation is of increasing significance). Its study involves the common law method of reading judgments to deduce their legal principles which may then be refined and, occasionally, abandoned by later courts. The course also aims, therefore, to guide students in reading judgments to appreciate how the judges’ decisions upon the arguments made by counsel for the parties in the legal dispute become legal principles that apply to all of us.
• Read cases to deduce their principles;
• Analyse a given set of facts in a logical and methodical manner;
• Construct persuasive arguments;
• Accurately cite authorities;
● Present the law within its historical and comparative perspectives; and, therefore, to
• Critically discuss the law either within the context of a proposition or as it applies, or not, to a given set of facts.