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Tort Law, Sixth Edition
By: Lewis N. Klar, Q.C., B.A., B.C.L., LL.M., Cameron Jefferies, B.Sc., L.L.B., L.L.M., S.J.D.
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Tort Law, Sixth Edition provides a thorough coverage of Canadian tort law, with both historical and philosophical context, and contemporary developments in case law and legislation.


New and updated in this edition


The new sixth edition thoroughly reviews and updates all the significant developments in Canadian tort law since the last edition, including:


  • Updates on the contentious issue of liability of public authorities, including which statutes or interactions give rise to a duty of care and residual policy considerations.
  • A closer look at the Supreme Court of Canada’s judgment on causation in Clements v. Clements, including its impact on subsequent judgments.
  • Extensive changes to Chapter 17, the Business Torts, arising from the Supreme Court of Canada’s articulation of the elements of the tort of unlawful means in A.I. Enterprises Ltd. v. Bram Enterprises Ltd.
  • Clarification of the elements of the tort of private nuisance as articulated by the Supreme Court of Canada in Antrim Truck Centre Ltd. v. Ontario (Transportation).
  • Inclusion of several important judgments from other Common Law jurisdictions, including the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court.
  • Additional material relating to environmental protection and pollution added throughout.
  • Examination of recent important lower court judgments on a variety of topics, including:
    • expert testimony in professional negligence cases
    • liability of third parties for the wrongs committed by others
    • vicarious liability disputes
    • liability for injuries caused by animals
About the Author

Lewis Klar, Q.C. is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta, where he specializes in tort law. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1997 to 2002. He was admitted to the Bar of the Province of Quebec in 1971 and the Law Society of Alberta in 2000. He was awarded a Queen’s Counsel in 2002, and received the Distinguished Service Award for his contribution to legal scholarship from the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta) in 2005. In 2007, Professor Klar received the J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research from the University of Alberta. This is the university’s most senior and prestigious research award. In 2008, Professor Klar received the Hon. Tevie H. Miller Teaching Excellence Award from the Faculty of Law. Professor Klar received the prestigious John G. Fleming Award in Torts from UC Berkeley Law School in 2016. Professor Klar is the author of Tort Law, 5th edition (2012), and a co-author of Canadian Tort Law: Cases, Notes & Materials, 14th edition (2014).  In recognition of Professor Klar’s contributions to tort law, a Special Edition of the Alberta Law Review was published in 2016 in his honour. Professor Klar is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Cameron S.G. Jefferies, B.Sc., L.L.B., L.L.M., S.J.D., is an Assistant Professor of Law and Borden Ladner Gervais Energy Law Fellow at the University of Alberta, where he specializes in international and domestic environmental law and energy law. He was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 2010. He completed his graduate degrees at the University of Virginia, School of Law, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar. Before entering academia, he practiced at Field LLP in Edmonton, Alberta, and worked as a Research Associate at the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. He has published several book chapters and articles in Canadian and U.S. law journals, including the Energy Law Journal and the Journal of Environmental Law and Practice and is the author of Marine Mammal Conservation and the Law of the Sea (2016). He has been an invited speaker to a number of national and international conferences. In addition to his academic and professional curiosity in environmental law, Dr. Jefferies maintains a keen interest in public interest advocacy and remains active in promoting local environmental law reform. 

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