Module Overview

Principles of Law

The aims of this module are to introduce the student to the legal system and to give the student a knowledge and understanding of selected areas of tort law relevant to business. This knowledge and understanding will enable the student to limit the legal exposure of the business and liaise effectively with legal advisers.As law is an ongoing and dynamic subject the syllabus content will be expanded or modified, as the case may be, to reflect developments in the law set out in this Module.

Module Code

LAWS H1022

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Sources of Law

Nature of law. The distinction between civil and criminal wrongs. Sources of Law. The Constitution: fundamental rights and separation of powers. Legislation, delegated legislation and the legislative process. The doctrine of precedent.

EU Law

EU Law including EU Institutions. Primary and Secondary EU legislation. The role of the European Court of Human Rights.

The Irish Courts.

The Hierarchy of the Courts, including the Small Claims Court. Legal personnel. Legal personality. Law reform. Alternative methods of dispute resolution: tribunals, arbitration and mediation. Finding the law: libraries, computer databases, CD-ROM, the Internet.

Nature of Tort

The nature of tort. Defences in tort. Remedies.

The Tort of Negligence

Negligence. Occupiers' liability. Liability for defective products. Professional negligence. Passing off. Employers' Liability.

The Tort of Defamation

Defamation. Defences. Remedies.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)30
Formal Examination70