LLM Programme

The taught modules offered on the LLM programme vary from year to year. Please check the full list of taught modules list for details of modules running in specific academic years. We make every effort to ensure that every module will be offered, but modules are subject to change and cancellation. You are therefore advised to check this site regularly for further updates throughout the year preceding entry to the LLM programme.

Credit value: 15 credits (6 ECTS)
Module Convenor: Professor Maria Lee Other Teachers: Professor Paul Mitchell


This module explores the relationship between regulation and tort. Public or collective goods (such as industrial health and safety, food safety, environmental protection, the security of the economic system) are generally addressed by complex and more or less comprehensive systems of state and supranational regulation. But this is also the realm of private law, since individual rights or interests (eg property, physical integrity, amenity) may be affected by the regulation itself or by a regulated activity. This modules examines what happens when these areas of law meet, particularly how the regulatory decision should feed into the determination and protection of rights and interests in private law. The interface between tort and regulation is rarely examined in legal scholarship or legal practice. But in an increasingly heavily regulated world, it is crucial.


  • What is regulation? What is tort?
  • Workmens’ compensation
  • Industrial litigation
  • Products safety and products liability
  • Financial interests: gambling
  • Financial services, judicial norms and regulatory rules
  • Emerging technologies: transport and GMOs
  • Land use: nuisance and permitting

Background Reading (optional):

There is no single text book for this module; students will be expected to read from a range of primary and secondary material. Students will find it useful to refer to Lunney and Oliphant, Tort Law: text and materials (OUP, 2013)

You may be interested in a recent Supreme Court decision that deals very directly with questions around the relationship between regulation and tort: Coventry v Lawrence [2014] UKSC 13, http://www.supremecourt.uk/decided-cases/index.shtml

Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, once students have made their module selections upon enrolment in September.

Delivery and enrolment
Lectures/Seminars: 10 x 2-hour seminars
Tutorials: None
Previous module enrolments: Small – less than 15 students
Who may enrol: LLM students, other UCL Masters students
Prerequisities: None. You do not need a common law background in order to take this course, although we will use and analyse English law in most cases.
Barred module combinations: None
Core Module for LLM specialism: Public Law, Legal History, Environmental Law and Policy
Final Assessment: 3,000 word coursework essay
Practice Assessment: Opportunity for feedback on one optional 1,500 word practice essay

This page was last updated on 8 July, 2014


The application process for the 2014-15 academic session, for entry in September 2014, is now closed.

Information regarding applications for September 2015 will be updated on the website in September 2014.

IMPORTANT NOTICE : Updated 28 May 2014

The Home Office issued an update about the acceptance of ETS tests (including TOEFL). They have now confirmed that Higher Education students applying for a Tier 4 visa may use a TOEFL test taken after 17 April, if a Higher Education Institution is willing to use its academic discretion. For those students entering in September 2014, UCL will continue to accept the TOEFL even if it was taken after 17 April. However, if an applicant still needs to book a test then we recommend that they take an alternative test to TOEFL. Those who have already arranged to take a different test following the previous advice from the Home Office, we encourage you to go ahead with taking the alternative test.

The TOEFL test will continue to be accepted for 2014 entrants who have been asked to take an English language qualification as part of their offer condition, and do not need to apply for a visa to study in the UK.