FEELING LIKE A REAL ENGLISH LAW STUDENT : TORT LAW (Teacher : Mr Maitre)
It definitely sounds English… and not French at all… But by discovering it you will understand why it will be the course you are going to love.
What is Tort law? A body of rights, obligations, and remedies that is applied by courts in civil proceedings to provide relief for persons who have suffered harm from the wrongful acts of others. The person who sustains injury or suffers pecuniary damage as the result of tortious conduct is known as the plaintiff, and the person who is responsible for inflicting the injury and incurs liability for the damage is the defendant or tortfeasor.
In my opinion, it is one of the best courses that we are attending this year. On the one hand, it seems to be a “pure English class” because this course is also taught in every country applying Common-law. This is why I really felt like an English student by attending this class. English law appeared to be really easier than French law because the English law is largely based on logic. There are no multiple exceptions, everything is well organized and it makes it really simple to understand (I could even say “funny” but I guess most of you will not believe me, or at least not yet).
French law is a written law as evidenced the creation of the Civil Code in 1804. The teaching of French law relies heavily on the main position of the enacted law. By contrast, English law has been made by judges. Thus, its evolution has been quite different and led to real differences with French law in some areas despite strong similarities in others. On the other hand, the course of Tort Law presents the main features of the common law liability, and that such drives us to draw an amazing parallel with French law. It is the perfect course to discover Anglo-Saxon law. This different approach is very rewarding because it puts into perspective the theoretical lessons taught in our law degree and we can better assimilate the nature of the peculiarities of our legal system. This course is also an excellent opportunity to familiarize ourselves with some subjects we will study during our LL.M.