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Liability for Wrongful Interferences with Chattels

By: Simon Douglas
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Published: 02-11-2011
Format: PDF eBook (?)
Edition: 1st
Extent: 242
ISBN: 9781847318466
Imprint: Hart Publishing
RRP: £81.00
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About Liability for Wrongful Interferences with Chattels

The book examines the protection of property rights in chattels through the law of torts, focusing on the four actions of conversion, detinue, trespass and negligence. Traditionally these actions have been governed by arcane divisions which have led to unnecessary complexity and arbitrariness. The principal argument made in the book is that significant developments in the modern law point towards abolition of these arcane divisions and permit the chattel torts to be understood by reference to a coherent and justifiable structure. It is argued that the only division which should be drawn in the modern chattel torts is between intentional interferences with chattels, where liability is strict, and unintentional interferences with chattels, where liability is fault based.

In order to demonstrate this structure it is first argued that the actions of conversion, detinue and trespass amount, in substance, to a single cause of action which imposes strict liability for the intentional interference with another's chattel. It is then argued that the tort of negligence recognises a fault-based cause of action for the unintentional interference with another's chattel. It is further argued that this basic structure, unlike the arcane divisions which have traditionally governed this area of law, can be justified.

Table Of Contents

1: INTRODUCTION
I. T he Focus on the Law of Torts
II. T he Proposed Structure
PART I: THE RIGHTS PROTECTED BY THE CHATEL TORTS
2: PROPERTY RIGHTS RELATING TO CHATELS
3: TYPES OF PROPERTY RIGHTS
PART II: LIABILITY FOR INTENTIONAL INTERFERENCES WITH CHATELS
INTRODUCTION TO PART II
4: CONVERSION
5: DETINUE
6: TRESPAS
7: A SINGLE TORT
PART II: LIABILITY FOR UNINTENTIONAL INTERFERENCES WITH CHATELS
INTRODUCTION TO PART II
8: INTRODUCTION TO THE TORT OF NEGLIGENCE
9: ESTABLISHING 'DUTY' AND 'FAULT' IN NEGLIGENCE
PART IV: APPLYING THE STRUCTURE TO REMEDIES
10: COMPENSATION
11: CONCLUSION

Reviews

“...seamlessly argued account of liability for wrongful interferences with chattels
[The author] substantiates [his] argument with clear and methodical analysis of the case-law, and convinces at almost every turn. What is more, the book – based on the author's doctoral thesis – is a pleasure to read.
” –  Yearbook on European Tort Law

“...the book is interesting and thoughtful and the author's arguments are sophisticated. It will appeal to those interested in the history and theoretical bases of the torts under discussion. The views expressed could usefully be taken into account in New Zealand is and when law reform in this area is proposed.” –  Cynthia Hawes, New Zealand Law Journal

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