This chapter analyzes English tort law, which is characterized by its traditional approach based on its roots in medieval times. The area of non-contractual liability is not governed by rules but by torts which provide a remedy (e.g., damages) if something has gone wrong in a particular way. There are a multitude of specific torts, but the most important and most general is the tort of negligence. This tort imposes liability on an individual who has not acted carefully, but only if that person owed another person a duty of care. This latter aspect is the most characteristic feature of the tort of negligence, and in a number of areas it is still an important obstacle for liability.
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