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The Law of Private Nuisance

By: Allan Beever
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Published: 18-07-2014
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Extent: 180
ISBN: 9781782253402
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Hart Studies in Private Law
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About The Law of Private Nuisance

It is said that a nuisance is an interference with the use and enjoyment of land. This definition is typically unhelpful. While a nuisance must fit this account, it is plain that not all such interferences are legal nuisances. Thus, analysis of this area of the law begins with a definition far too broad for its subject matter, forcing the analyst to find more or less arbitrary ways of cutting back on potential liability. Tort law is plagued by this kind of approach.

In the law of nuisance, today's preferred method of cutting back is to employ the notion of reasonableness. No one seems to know quite what 'reasonableness' means in this context, however. This is because, in fact, it does not mean anything. The notion is no more than the immediately recognisable symptom of our inadequate comprehension of the law.

This book expounds a new understanding of the law of nuisance, an understanding that presents the law in a coherent and systematic fashion. It advances a single, central suggestion: that the law of nuisance is the method that the common law utilises for prioritising property rights so that conflicts between uses of property can be resolved.

Table Of Contents

1. Introduction
I. General
II. Outlook
III. Scope
IV. Use
2 The Conventional View
I. A Debate: A Comment on Style
II. The View
III. An Account of the Law
IV. Two Specific Difficulties with the Conventional View
V. Conclusion
3 The Grounds of Liability
I. Finding the Ground
II. Examining the Ground
III. The Structure of Analysis
IV. The Case Law
4 Illustrations of the General Principle
I. The Rule of Give and Take, Live and Let Live
II. The Location
III. The Sensitivity of the Claimant
IV. The Duration of the Interference
V. Isolated Events
5 The Activity
I. The Description of the Parties' Activities
II. The Malice Doctrine
6 Coming to a Nuisance
I. Bliss v Hall
II. Sturges v Bridgman
III. Miller v Jackson
IV. Kennaway v Thompson
V. Why 'Who Got There First?' Does Not Matter
VI. Miller v Jackson Revisited
7 A Nuisance Coming to You
I. Three Views
II. The Traditional Law
III. The Slide to Negligence
IV. Criticism of the Contemporary Approach
V. An Alternative Approach
VI. Revisiting the Case Law
8 Fault and Foreseeability
I. Introduction
II. Fault, Negligence and Foreseeability
III. Foreseeability and Nuisance
IV. Justifying Strict Liability
9 The Rule in Rylands v Fletcher
I. The Relationship between Nuisance and Rylands v Fletcher
II. The Place of Rylands v Fletcher in the Modern Law
10 The Parties
I. Standing: Who Can Sue?
II. Identifying the Defendant: Who Can Be Sued?
11 Statutory Authority
12 Remedies
I. Injunctions
II. Remoteness
13 Conclusion


“This is an important book.” –  R.A. Buckley, The Cambridge Law Journal, Volume 73

“... an extremely interesting, original and significant contribution to writing about the law of torts, and it is a real credit to Professor Beever that his arguments are expressed in a way that is so concise, clear and engaging.” –  Roderick Bagshaw, Law Quarterly Review, Volume 130

“ engaging, insightful, and eminently readable text...I very much enjoyed reading this book. Beever has an engaging style of writing, speaks in plain language, is knowledgeable about the law, and demonstrates impressive insight.” –  Lewis N. Klar Q.C., Canadian Business Law Journal, Vol 56

“[A] bold an stimulating book...” –  Paula Giliker, Yearbook of European Tort Law, 2013

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