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Tort Law Beyond the Forms of Action: Achieving the Goal of The Anatomy of Tort Law

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Christine Beuermann



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Hart Publishing, Bloomsbury, 2021.

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Peter Cane set himself an enormous challenge in The Anatomy of Tort Law to move our understanding of tort law beyond the original formulae that had been used to describe that liability (in some cases, for centuries). Although he failed in this endeavour, he failed magnificently. His many invaluable insights into the law of torts remain at the forefront of both legal theorising and judicial decision making some 20 years after the book’s publication. This chapter examines why Anatomy was unable to shift our thinking about the law of torts beyond the various formulae used to describe those torts.

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Author(s): Beuermann C

Editor(s): James Goudkamp, Mark Lunney and Leighton McDonald

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Taking Law Seriously: Essays in Honour of Peter Cane

Year: 2021

Print publication date: 27/01/2022

Acceptance date: 29/06/2021

Publisher: Hart Publishing, Bloomsbury

Place Published: UK


Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781509940721