LLAW1005 & LLAW1006

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW1005 and LAW1006
Course name: Law of Tort I & II
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: Full year
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 6 credits + 6 credits

1.2 Course description

Tort is one of the first subjects undertaken in the LLB degree. Along with contract and unjust enrichment (also sometimes referred to as restitution), it forms part of the law of obligations, which covers the situations in which one person may be liable to another person in private law. In tort, that liability is, generally, to pay damages as compensation for a wrong. The law of torts covers a vast array of circumstances in which an individual incurs responsibility for conduct that the law classifies as wrongful.

For the most part, the law of torts comprises a set of doctrines and principles that have been developed by the common law courts. It is, accordingly, for the most part a subject that demands familiarity with the rules enshrined in case law.  But, as with most other areas of law today, statute law now also plays an important role. As such, students who study this course will need to master both a large number of cases and a limited number of statutes.

While the law of torts has been around in one form or another for centuries, the rules it contains are far from settled. Much of the law—including new developments—remains controversial. Mastery of the subject thus requires familiarity not just with the established principles that are clear and universally accepted, but also some appreciation of those parts that are unsettled and the subject of ongoing debates.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor  (first  semester) Shane Chalmers chalmers@hku.hk CCT 809 By email
Course convenor / tutor (second semester) John Murphy jrmurphy2@hku.hk CCT 906 By email
Course tutor (first and second semester) Tessa Chan tessachantc@gmail.com N/A By email
Course tutor (first semester) Daisy Cheung dtcheung@hku.hk CCT 406 By email
Course tutor (first semester) Rick Glofcheski rick.glofcheski@hku.hk CCT 305 By email
Course tutor (first semester) David Kwok davkwok@hku.hk CCT 804 By email
Course tutor (first semester) Jerry Tam jerrytam@connect.hku.hk N/A By email
Course tutor (first semester) Thomas Yeon thomas.yeon@18LC.com N/A By email
Course tutor (second semester) Bennett Au Yeung bauyeung@connect.hku.hk N/A By email
Course tutor (second semester) Jacky Chan heiching@gmail.com N/A By email
Course tutor (second semester) Catherine Hau catherinehau@siroswald.com N/A By email
Course tutor (second semester) Abel Lam abel@siroswald.com N/A By email
Course tutor (second semester) Adrian Lo adrianyylo@gmail.com N/A By email
Course tutor (second semester) Christy Wong christywong@eschambers.com.hk N/A By email
Course tutor (second semester) Cordelia Yeung cordeliayeung@gmail.com N/A By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Identify situations in which liability in tort arises and how that liability differs from other forms of civil liability.

CLO 2 Explain the rules and principles of some of the most important torts, and the remedies available when they are committed.

CLO 3 Apply the principles of tort law in the solution of legal problems/disputes.

CLO 4 Evaluate countervailing arguments in connection with those aspects of tort law that remain enmired in controversy.

CLO 5 Deploy, carefully and powerfully, primary sources of tort law.

2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Mid-term in-hall exam (1st semester) 19 Dec 2023 50% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Final in-hall exam (2nd semester) 10 May 2024 50% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf


4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Lecture: 2 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Tutorial: 1 hour / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150  ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).


5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: One of the major textbooks mentioned on course handouts


The various primary materials relevant to each topic (and, again, detailed on course handouts)

Recommended reading list: Additional, secondary materials mentioned on tutorial worksheets

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/