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Altruism in Private Law: Liability for Nonfeasance and Negotiorum Gestio

Jeroen Kortmann


This book examines two problems in private law that are posed by the ‘good Samaritan’: First, do we have a legal duty to give aid to our fellow human beings? In particular: can we be held liable for damages if we fail to do so? Second, if we do come to the rescue, will we have any claim for the expenses that we incurred, or for a reward? This book examines and compares the responses of the Roman, French, German, and English legal systems to these problems, providing a treatment of English law in relation to ‘liability for nonfeasance’ (or ‘liability for omissions’) and negotiorum gestio (or ‘t ... More

Keywords: private law, good Samaritan, legal duty, damages, expenses, reward, Roman law, French law, German law, English law, negotiorum gestio, feasance, nonfeasance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199280056
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280056.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeroen Kortmann, author
Attorney at Law at Stibbe, Amsterdam, and a member of the Amsterdam Bar