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Vicarious Liability

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107 pages
This paper examines the law of vicarious responsibility in Queensland, Australia, particularly as it relates to parent/child relationships, teacher/student relationships, employer/employee relationships, and adult supervisor/child relationships.
The prefatory chapter defines torts, vicarious liability, personal liability, and their theoretical and policy bases. A related liability issue pertains to negligence. Subsequent chapters deal with specific situations in which the question of vicarious liability may arise between parties: employment, independent contractors, parents and children, schools, and child care. The final chapter discusses court cases and legislation related to indemnity and subrogation. 10 appendixes