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European Tort Law$
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Cees van Dam

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199227679

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227679.001.0001

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(p.3) 1 Introduction
European Tort Law

Cees van Dam

Oxford University Press

This book discusses the main features of tort law in Europe by illustrating that similar factual problems arise throughout the tort law systems; from high in the sky the solutions for these problems do not seem to be very different; a closer look down at the surface does not only confirm these similarities but also shows some striking differences in the way the problems are being solved; digging below ground level may reveal the roots for the differences: the various historical and cultural backgrounds and the various policy views as to what can be considered to be fair, just, and reasonable solutions in tort law cases. To learn and understand these basics, the national tort law systems of France, Germany, and England are explored. The book also looks at the requirements for liability: the protected interests, intention and negligence, violation of a statutory rule, strict liability, causation, and damage and damages.

Keywords:   Europe, tort law, liability, France, Germany, England, protected interests, causation, negligence

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