European Tort Law

Author: Oliphant, Ken

Source: King's Law Journal, Volume 20, Number 2, July 2009 , pp. 189-202(14)

Publisher: Hart Publishing

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This paper provides an introduction to the King's Law Journal special issue on European Tort Law, for which the author acted as guest editor. It gives a short overview of the field of what counts as 'European Tort Law' and introduces the other papers in the collection. It then focuses on the tort law 'principles projects' conducted by the European Group on Tort Law and the Study Group on a European Civil Code, comparing and contrasting them in terms of their aims, their organization, working methods and context, and their form and content. Criticisms, including criticisms by other contributors to this issue, are also considered. Lastly, the paper addresses comparative European Tort Law more broadly and applies an analytical framework developed in the Common Core of European Private Law project to illuminate selected aspects of the English law of tort.

Document Type: Editorial

Publication date: July 1, 2009

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