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Liability for Products: English Law, French Law, and European Harmonization

Simon Whittaker


The EU has been active in attempting to harmonize the laws of product liability and sale of goods to consumers, with the aim of promoting fair competition, developing the internal market, and protecting consumers. But how do the resulting laws relate to existing national laws of liability and compensation? Is the resulting harmonization genuine or merely formal? Has implementation of the EC directives changed the law, but left claimants and defendants as differently treated as ever in different Member States? This comparative study considers the French and English laws governing all those who ... More

Keywords: EU, laws, product liability, consumers, fair competition, compensation, French law, English law

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198256137
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198256137.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Whittaker, author
Fellow and Tutor in Law, St. John's College, Oxford; Reader in European Comparative Law, University of Oxford

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Part I Civil Liability in Respect of the Manufacture, Supply or Use of Products Apart from Implementation of the EC Directives

Part II Administrative Liability for Failure to Regulate or Control Product Safety

Part III Criminal Responsibility for Unsafe Products and its Relationship to Compensation

Part IV The Ec Product Liability and the Consumer Guarantees Directives and their Implementation in French and English Law

Part V General Conclusion

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