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Cees van Dam

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199672264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672264.001.0001

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Liability for Movable Objects

Liability for Movable Objects

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European Tort Law

Cees Van Dam

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses liability for damage caused by animals, products, motor vehicles, and dangerous substances. Whereas liability for animals and products shows a number of similarities in the various legal systems, liability for motor vehicles and dangerous substances deviates sharply. For example, in England liability for motor vehicles is still based on negligence, whereas France has a system of almost absolute liability. The efforts of the European Commission to bring about more harmony to liability for road traffic accidents and for damage caused to the environment almost entirely failed. Even in the most harmonized area, that of liability for defective products, important differences remain across the legal systems.

Keywords:   liability, damage, products, motor vehicles, dangerous substances

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