This unit covers a range of non-contractual civil actions examining the elements and governing principles of selected torts. It also addresses the context in which tort law operates and considers the kinds of interests protected by tort law. Students are encouraged to engage with the policies and critical theories that underpin the development of the law and have the opportunities to engage in critical analysis. The unit includes an examination of the torts of trespass and nuisance. Reflecting its dominance in modern Australian torts litigation, a more detailed treatment is given to actions in negligence. The principal defences, and other limitations to a defendant's potential liability, are also considered. Close attention is paid to the Civil Liability Act 2002 (WA) and the interaction between case law and legislation.