Damage in the Law of Negligence

Free Public Lecture

Damage in the Law of Negligence

Room 920, level 9
Law 106
185 Pelham Street


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T: 8344 8924


Although the requirement of damage is often described as the ‘gist’ of the tort of negligence, it has generally been under-emphasised by common lawyers. The purpose of this lecture is to shine a little light on this dark corner of the law of negligence, and to demonstrate that when we turn our gaze onto this element of the cause of action a multitude of important and often difficult questions are revealed. In the first part of the lecture some general observations will be made about the damage concept. And in the second part of the lecture the focus will shift to some topical issues concerning the damage requirement that have been the subject of recent litigation in apex courts across the common law world.


  • Professor Donal Nolan
    Professor Donal Nolan, University of Oxford