Module details for Delict


This module covers the law of delict within Scotland.


This module provides students with an overview of the law of delict.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Understand and describe the extent and limitations of delictual liability

2.  Understand and describe the legal principles governing delictual claims at common law and through breach of a statutory duty

3.  Apply principles of delictual liability in the context of devising solutions to problems

4.  Identify and explain the legal remedies available in the context of delictual obligations

5.  Identify, state and apply legal principles, and demonstrate skills of oral and written communication legal reasoning and reflection

Indicative Content

1 The Nature of Delictual Liability in Scots Law

Historical introduction; nature and purpose of the law of delict; contrast: delict/contract, delict/crime, delict/unjust enrichment; damnum injuria datum; culpa; reparation & types of claim recovery; forms of liability: negligence, strict liability, quasi- delict; forms of injuria.

2 Delictual Liability for Unintentional Harm

Duty of care: scope of duty, restrictions, foreseeability, presumptions of liability, standard of care, breach of duty, causation, remoteness. Specific areas of unintentional harm: nervous shock, economic loss, professional liability.

3 Delicts in Relation to Property

Occupiers' liability; nuisance; interference with water; escape of dangerous things; in aemulationem vicini; moveable property

4 Other delictual Liability under statute and at common law

Breach of statutory duty: criteria applied by courts, forms of liability; assault, trespass, fraud, passing off, conspiracy, wrongful interference, intimidation, breach of EU law. Consumer Protection Act 1987. Defamation: principles, defences, convicium, malicious falsehood.

5 Vicarious Liability and Employers' Liability

Vicarious Liability: employers for employees and independent contractors; principal for agent. Employers' liability at common law and under statute.

6 Extinction of Delictual Obligations

Defences; prescription and limitation.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 26
Tutorial/Seminar 13
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 121
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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