Edinburgh Centre for Private Law Workshop: Deconstructing the Duty of Care?

  • Eric Descheemaeker (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


The idea that the duty of care concept, which underpins the Scots and English law of negligence alike, is superfluous has a long pedigree. Already in 1935, WW Buckland had described it, in words that have remained famous, as ‘the fifth wheel on the coach’. In a recent article on ‘Deconstructing the Duty of Care’ (129 LQR 559), Donal Nolan has argued anew that ‘the disparate issues currently subsumed under the duty umbrella [should be] separated out and reclassified under the other components of the negligence enquiry’, namely fault, damage, causation, remoteness and defences. The Edinburgh Centre for Private Law invites you to a workshop where the author will engage with some critics and the participants on the desirability and feasibility of such a process. Speakers: - Prof. John Blackie (Strathclyde) - Dr Eric Descheemaeker (Edinburgh) - Prof. François du Bois (Leicester) - Prof. Donal Nolan (Oxford) - Prof. Christian Witting (Exeter)
Period23 Jan 2015
Event typeWorkshop
LocationEdinburgh, United Kingdom