A legal analysis of historic child abuse claims in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia since 1990

Cooper, Sonja Maria (2016) A legal analysis of historic child abuse claims in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia since 1990. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis undertakes a legal analysis of historic child abuse claims, with reference to four critical issues, in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia from 1990 to 2014. The thesis acknowledges some important developments, legislatively and case-wise, after 2014. After summarising social science research about the effects of child abuse, the thesis analyses and synthesises relevant statutes and case law in the above jurisdictions, focussing on: limitation of time, duty of care, vicarious liability and non-delegable duty. After comparing and contrasting the jurisdictions, some conclusions are drawn, particularly that there is still considerable work to be done in achieving justice for survivors.

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ID Code: 97887
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Mathews, Ben & Stickley, Amanda
Keywords: Historic child abuse, Limitation of actions, Negligence, Duty of care, Vicarious liability, Non-delegable duty, Damage, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Australia
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 22 Aug 2016 03:10
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2016 02:17

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