European Tort Law (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199672271

Cees van Dam
654 Pages
170 x 244 mm
Pub date
Aug 2014
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The new edition of European Tort Law provides an extensive revision and update of the only English language handbook in this constantly evolving area. The coverage in the new edition has been expanded with material on the latest developments in legislation, legal literature, and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the highest courts in France, Germany, and England. The first part of the book, Systems of Liability, provides chapters on the state of tort law in France, Germany, and England, and the European Union. A concluding chapter gives an overall view of the European field, linking the variety of rules with cultural diversity, examining the consequences for European harmonization, and emphasizing the importance of a European policy discourse. The second part, Requirements for Liability, analyses and compares the classic requirements for liability in a comparative and supranational perspective: rights and protected interests, intention and negligence, breach of statutory duty, stricter rules of liability, causation, damage, damages, and contributory negligence. It also discusses the role of tort law in protecting human rights against violations by the state and by multinational corporations. The final part, Categories of Liability, assesses how national and supranational rules are applied in a number of categories, such as in liability for motor vehicles, defective products, and defective premises, in liability for children, employees, and subsidiaries, as well as in cases of nuisance, environmental liability, and liability of public bodies.


1. Introduction
2. Europe
3. France
4. Germany
5. England
6. Ius Commune
7. Protected Rights and Interests
8. Intention and Negligence
9. Violation of a Statutory Rule
10. Strict Liability
11. Causation
12. Damage and Damages
13. Introduction
14. Liability for Movable Objects
15. Liability for Immovable Objects
16. Liability for Other Persons
17. Liability in Emergency Cases
18. Liability of Public Authorities

About the author: 

Professor Cees van Dam is a London based legal consultant, advising in matters of Tort Law, European Union Law, Business and Human Rights, and Cultural Diversity. He is Visiting Professor at King's College London, Professor of International Business and Human Rights at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and Honorary Professor of European Private Law at Utrecht University. Cees van Dam was Professorial Fellow and Director of the European and Comparative Law Programme at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in London (2004-2007). Before moving to London he was Professor of Private Law at the VU University in Amsterdam (1992-2004). Prior to this tenure he was a staff member at the Ministry of Justice in The Netherlands, where he worked on the new Dutch Civil Code, European Directives, and international treaties.

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