A. Introduction

Author:Philip H. Osborne
Profession:Faculty of Law. The University of Manitoba

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Tort law does not operate in a legal vacuum. There are other important areas of private and public law which control the relationship of persons to one another and to private and public institutions. The conventional divisions and classifications of the legal system inevitably give rise to interrelationships and overlap between discrete areas of the law which need to be resolved. These difficulties are exacerbated by the fact that there are often no sharp and distinct boundaries between the various regimes of responsibility. At the margins they tend to shade the one into the other, each using similar concepts to resolve conflicts that arise between litigants. In this chapter the reader is alerted...

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