Causes and Consequences in Private Law

Causes and Consequences in Private Law

Visiting Professor Jane Stapleton
Fall 2012 reading group
W 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 4056
1 classroom credit

Through a reading of cases, commentary, and the Restatement (Third) of Torts we will explore 2 fundamental questions in the area of private law: factual causation and the scope of liability for consequences of breach of obligation/contravention of statutory provision. As is the norm with reading groups, there will be no examination or paper, and the class will be graded credit/fail.

As of now the topics for the six meetings are planned to be:

1. What do/should lawyers mean by causation?

2. Important remaining puzzles

3. How law deals with evidentiary gaps re factual cause

4. Liability for consequences

5. Causes and Consequences: commercial applications

6. Causes and Consequences in other Federal Statutes

Prerequisites: Torts, Contracts.

Subject Areas: Legal & Political Theory