Tort law is one of the basic legal topics that every law student in the common law world studies, usually in the first year of the legal studies. Though there are differences, some of them very significant, between different common law jurisdictions, all of them share a history, derived from English law. Because tort law is an "old" subject, many of the terms used in the tort law of the different common law jurisdictions are identical. By far the most important tort these days is negligence, which is a central legal concept that remains significant in many legal areas (e.g., the liabilities of officers in a corporation, securities law, and others). Because of its significance we will dedicate much of the course to it. However, it is not the only tort in existence, and we will spend some time in the course discussing other torts. The course is quite intensive. There is a significant amount of material to cover in a relatively limited amount of time. This means that there will be substantial readings for each week. On the other hand, since all of you have legal background, we will be able to proceed at a faster pace than a first-year tort law course. This means that we will not be able to cover every case in the readings and every detail of the doctrine in class. Rather, the course will aim to provide a detailed overview of the structure of the doctrine, and then focus on several important questions within each topic, where I hope to see your active participation. Because we will not be able to cover everything in class, the discussion in class will assume your familiarity with the readings. For this reason it is vital that you read all assigned materials and come prepared for class. As this course is part of a LL.M. program, you will be required to write a research paper. The paper will cover a group of torts, known as "economic" or "business" torts, that we will not cover in class. These torts are mostly used to regulate the limits of "fair" competition between businesses.


Open only to current and prospective NCA candidates.

Pre-requisites: None

Anti-requisites: LAW 6850 - Canadian Tort Law

NCA equivalence:

Yes - satisfies Tort Law competency

Terms Offered

Winter 23

Course Section: M

6.0 credits

Fall 23

Course Section: A

6.0 credits

Fall 22

Course Section: A

6.0 credits

Fall 24

Course Section: A

6.0 credits

Winter 24

Course Section: M

6.0 credits

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Take up to 12 credits as a non-degree student through Single Course Enrollment (SCE) and apply your credits to a future LLM degree.

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How to Apply

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  • Resume/CV
  • Copy of JD/LLB Transcripts
  • Copy of Current NCA Assessment (if applicable)
  • Official Proof of Language Proficiency (if applicable)

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Once your application is completed, you will be required to pay a non-refundable $50CAD application fee.

Wait for Review

Decisions are issued approximately two weeks after the application deadline.

Application Deadline

For the Winter 2021 intake, the deadline for application for Single LLM Courses is July 26, 2020. Applications for Summer 2021 will open December 2020.

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