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Alleviating Mistakes: Reversal and Forgiveness for Flawed Perceptions

E. Allan Farnsworth


This book examines the legal issues that arise when we seek to avoid the untoward consequences of an action by claiming that our perception was flawed. We all make mistakes: we might overpay a debt, make an unfavourable contract, or be sued or accused of a crime as a result of our mistake. Claims to alleviation on the grounds of mistake are likely to arise wherever the law prescribes a state of mind (some kind of intent) as a prerequisite for the application of a legal rule. This book asks when the fact that a person made a mistake should entitle them to alleviation. This may involve the inten ... More

Keywords: alleviation, state of mind, law of mistake, contract law, criminal law, intent

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199276110
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276110.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

E. Allan Farnsworth, author
Alfred MacCormack Professor of Law, Columbia University